hatching wild pheasant eggs?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by DetroitReds, May 5, 2009.

  1. DetroitReds

    DetroitReds New Egg

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    I stumbled on a nest of ~20 wild pheasant eggs. We're doing a lot of work in the area and will have to force mama to abandon her clutch today.
    I'm wondering if it's possible to bring the eggs home and get one of my girls to hatch them. I have 1 orpington and I understand they go broody easily. I also can borrow a friend's incubator. Any ideas? I'd be sad if we had to just abandon these eggs.

    thanks.
     
  2. DANNY

    DANNY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 27, 2009
    GAINESVILLE, GEORGIA
    KEEP THEM WARM ON A HEATING PAD OR SOMETHING AND GET AN INCUBATOR. SHE MAY HAVE ALREADY BEGAN INCUBATING THEM.
     
  3. SueNH

    SueNH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If the hen isn't already broody get an incubator. You have limited time once the eggs cool.

    I'm actually searching my fringes looking for a clutch. The state stocks pheasants next door to me and this fall they were so tame that most came over hear seeking food and sanctuary. While they don't go in at night with my chickens they are a normal part of the flock now. 2 of the males will actually follow behind me complaining if the feeder goes empty. The hens are more elusive but here just the same.
     
  4. 92caddy

    92caddy Egg Lover

    May 18, 2007
    Portland, IN
    Yes it is poss. Be very careful, you will more then likely need a permit to have them. When and if they hatch, they like to leave the nest ASAP, so keep an eye on them. When I hatch my pheasant eggs under a chicken, I keep them in a wire pen or have wire around them cause the babies want to leave the nest before the hen does.
     
  5. DetroitReds

    DetroitReds New Egg

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    Thanks for the tips. I'll go with the incubator b/c I have no experience with brooding, and it probably would be easier to start with my hens sitting on their own eggs.

    I'll report back if anything happens!
     
  6. dirty bird

    dirty bird New Egg

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    Hi deyroitreds,
    came across your post about pheasant eggs, i know it was a long time ago, but how did it go.
    thinking of bringing some up myself.
     

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