How to tame down pheasants?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Mary Coleman, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just bought a pair 5-6 month old Lady Amherst and a pair of Goldens this weekend. They aren't super crazy and wild, but not as tame as I'd like them to be. I can get within 2 feet of them before they start to get a little uncomfortable. I actually was able to pet my male Amherst for a few seconds. They were just put into they're new home yesterday and wouldn't eat or drink anything. They just hung out on the roosts all afternoon. I offered apples, zucchini, pomagranite seeds, and mealworms, but they didn't seem interested. They have a big tub of feed and water in they're pen. Are they just a little nervous about their new pen? I assume that they'll eventually figure out to eat and drink in the new environment. Are treats the best way to tame them down? How do I get them to take the treats?
     
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  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Pheasants don't run to feed like chickens.They'd rather forage for insects then eat from a food dish.If you can get within 2' from them,they are tame.It will take a little time to get used to their new surroundings.They have to feel safe with their new pen before they feel comfortable.They love peanuts(unsalted only).
    What other breeds do you raise?
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey thanks for the response. These are actually my first pheasants that I've ever had! I've had just about every other bird you can think of ducks, turkeys, geese, chickens, Guineas, but I've never tried pheasants and so far I think they're great. I'll try the peanut thing. Can they be roasted unsalted?
     
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    yes.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  5. Mary Coleman

    Mary Coleman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay thanks. I'll give em a try and see how they like them.
     
  6. UberchicRanch

    UberchicRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You're doing a great job, Mary! Don't worry about it. Whenever a pheasant is in a new enclosure, they tend to be a bit skittish at first. Once they are more aware of their environment, they'll make it their own. The fact that you already made contact with your Amherst shows you're off to a good start.

    I suggest a couple of things. Give treats then, if you can, observe from a distance. Wait a while. You'll see they'll begin picking at it. Another suggestion is to get a milk crate or some sort of "seat" and just sit and watch in their enclosure. No sudden movements. The fact that you are present and not doing any sudden movements or looking aggressive or territorial to them will make them used to your presence. Eventually, they'll calm down and if hand feeding them is your goal, you'd reach it. Of course you need patience for this process. Just look like a pheasant and not a predator to them and you'll be alright!
     

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