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Flowers and Pheasants

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by sweetshoplady, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. sweetshoplady

    sweetshoplady Songster

    Feb 4, 2008
    Venice, Florida
    As my pheasants don't tear things up I am planting a flower garden for them - primarily roses.

    I am hoping to add other flowers, are their any to avoid? For example, Is foxglove poisonous to pheasants?

  2. Lophura

    Lophura Songster

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    Quote:A quick list designed for parrots - http://www.birdsnways.com/articles/plntstox.htm

    Keep in mind that this list is for parrots, which can break open bark and seeds that pheasants cannot. I see species on the list that I currently have in my aviaries and have had for years with no issues (Rhododendron - it's common in most their native habitat!!).

    Some info that was posted on the old gbwf forum by Andy Maycen: "As for plants, I don't use "ground covers" in an aviary like Vinca, Gazania, Aptenia. Low growing junipers are very tough and will take lots of bird abuse. Low growing Cotoneasters are also a good choice. As for other plants Viburnums, Eleagnus, Rhamnus, Hippophae, Callicarpa,Raphiolepis, Morus, Junipers are all good options. I use Cotoneaster parneyi in most of my aviaries as it creates great perching, shade and produces lots of edible berries. Large clumps of grasses such as Miscanthus are also good bird friendly plants. "

    Also recommend to post this question in the Galliformes section at http://www.gbwf.org/phpBB3/index.php , there are many members with backgrounds in zoo exhibit design, planting, horticulture, and pheasant aviculture that could help. I will have to admit, I don't even now what foxglove is [​IMG] !!


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