Chuckar? Turkey? Quail? Pheasant? Coexisting with our Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Brian, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. Brian

    Brian Songster

    Sep 30, 2007
    Jacksonville, ORegon
    I'm wondering if any of you have ordered any of the above from a hatchery at the same time you order your chicken chicks, and if you did, were you able to free range them with your chickens? Or, do they wind up leaving your property eventually?
    When i was a teen, I had to hens, and then brought on a peafowl hen. She thought she was a chicken and never left the property.
    It would be novel to have, say, a couple of chuckar and quail loose on the property with the chickens. Any firsthand experience would be welcome.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2008
  2. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:I would highly recommend keeping the pheasants, chukar or quail in an aviary and not free range. 9.5 times out of 10, the game birds are going to split and usually very quickly!!

    There could be exceptions, I have heard many years ago of Silver Pheasants and Blue Eared-Pheasants being free ranged, but being true wild species, the tendancy and instinct is there to leave.

    Also wouldn't recommend ordering pheasant chicks from a hatchery either. I would rather a first timer to pheasant aviculture visit an established keeper, see how the aviary is set up and see how the adults are kept (condition, diet, etc).


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