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Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by es425cuete, Dec 23, 2013.
Hey guys I was wondering if chicken can hacth pheasant eggs?
I have hatched pheasant eggs under bantam hens, but have never allowed the hens to raise the pheasant chicks. I tried that once and the pheasant chicks just didn't seem to listen to 'mother hen speak".
The hens do amazing, and they're more reliable than an incubator.
Silkies are excellent at hatching pheasant and quail eggs, but the chicks should be removed from the hen as soon as they are hatched. They will not stay with the hen and become real hard to catch. Most bantams make good hatchers but I believe silkies are the best.
Thanks guys, So how would I go about putting the eggs on the chicken's nest? Please explain to me the best way.. BWT I'm in Mexico if that matters anything. lol Thanks again
Well first you have to have a hen who is "broody"(wanting to hatch out eggs) then what I do is I set up a separate area away from the other chickens. I get the nest set up then put the eggs in it. Then I grab the hen and place her in the brooder box with the nest. She might walk around for a few minutes. I walk away and leave her be and come back 20 minutes later and she will be sitting on the eggs. after that you are all set to go. Just make sure she has clean water and food and let her do the work.
Thanks for the info. Another question that I had, is there any type of pheasant that can be free ranged?
There are a few people on here who have been lucky enough to have a couple of free range pheasants around their property. However that is the exception not the rule. They are not as domesticated as chickens so they will more likely be gone rather than hang around. If you do want to try it I would only do so if you will not be upset about losing this bird. Best of luck.
The only free ranging I would do is real easing a bunch of ring necks and trying to keep them around by feeding them, and even then you would lose a lot.