How old are pheasants when they start to color out from chicks

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by pheasantfrenzie, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. pheasantfrenzie

    pheasantfrenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello,
    Just wondering when Red,Amherest pheasants start to change somewhat in coloring so I can tell if I have males or females. I hatched them this spring and would only like to keep the males. I will try to post pix later. Once I figure out what sex they are is this the best place to get rid of the birds I don't want. The eggs I hatched are from China's bloodline. Also is it hard to ship birds?

    Any info would be greatly appreciated.
    Patty
     
  2. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    First, the Amhersts you should be able to tell already. The hens' eyes will stay a deep brown and the males' will start to lighten. My cocks are starting to change already. They are starting to develop their "capes" and the tail feathers are turning white.

    You could always send your "extras" to me! [​IMG]
     
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  3. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My red & yellow goldens and amhearsts are all starting to show a little color and the eyes are a give-away at this point. You can also check for spurs. The cocks should have a good start on spurs while the hens will not.

    You could always send your "extras" to me!

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    I seem to have hatch a lot more males than females this year.​
     
  4. pheasantfrenzie

    pheasantfrenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes it seems I only have males but they colors aren't really coming threw I guess like everyone elses. Should I be concerned about this.
     
  5. greymane

    greymane Chillin' With My Peeps

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    In some cases you may not really see it much until next year. I have two Amhersts that are the same age and one is much more developed (color-wise) than the other.
     

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