How easy are Pheasants?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by zowieyellowflame, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    How easy are pheasants to raise? Do they breed and raise young ones well? At what age will the pheasant begin to breed? Do they need a large area in the barn and a large area outside? Is it practical to raise them for meat or do people usually just have them for ornamental appeal?
     
  2. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Which species?
     
  3. zowieyellowflame

    zowieyellowflame Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ring neck
     
  4. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are many different species of pheasants, and as far as breeding and raising them the effort and sucess depends on the species and the ammount of time and effort you put into them. It would help us help you if we knew how many birds you have in mind. Ringnecks are not difficult to raise, but you are the one doing the raising, not Mama bird. Ringnecks in captivity seldom if ever brood their own eggs. If you want good results your need a reliable incubator and if you raise more than 15 or 20 chicks at a time a good brooder too. For your breeders you will have best results with up to 6 hens with each male. They breed their first year and the males will need to be seperated with their hens about this time of year. Here in southern Arizona my egg production starts about the 2nd week in March and runs up until the first of July. Ringnecks are excellent for meat. They do need to be seperated from all other domestic fowl, chickens, ducks, etc. Chickens and other domestic birds are carriers of diseases that they are immune to but are fatal to all game birds. Ringnecks do not tame easily and cannot free range. They need to be confined in an enclosed pen with a little cover to protect them from the elements. Hope this will give you an idea of what is required and what to expect. There are a lot of excellent pheasant breeders on BYC who will get you off to a good start.
     
  5. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    You've said it all very well.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  6. HoglundH

    HoglundH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Here is the most stupid question I think I still have to ask. Can you free range phesants?


    (start laughing)

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  7. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    No,the only stupid question,is the one you do not ask.We are here to help.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     

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