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Identifying a purebred Red Golden Pheasant?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by BackyardDove, Apr 23, 2016.

  1. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can anybody tell me if my Red Golden pheasants are purebred(or at least close to it)? Before I got them, I didn't know that there was a genetic purity issue with Red Goldens. The breeder seemed reputable and trustworthy, so I had no reason to doubt I'd be getting good quality birds. But, it wasn't too long ago that I realized my male and female are more than likely related. He did tell me when we toured his bird area that he had two males, and I'm almost certain I remember him saying he only had one female pheasant. I know that line breeding is fine with birds(sometimes it's even encouraged), but I'm not okay with inbreeding siblings if the pheasants aren't even purebred. I've tried looking at several sites and pictures of purebred birds, and to me they look purebred, but I am certainly no expert. I'd really like it if multiple people could confirm or disprove their purity, rather than me taking just one person's opinion as complete truth. Better or closer pictures can be gotten if needed. Thank you for your help!
     
  2. Tony K T

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    You would have to get their blood tested.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just want to know if they look purebred.
     
  4. 007Sean

    007Sean Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can have a bird that is "phenotypically" pure but "genotypically" it is not pure. So, Tony has answered your'e question. You have to test their blood.
     
  5. BackyardDove

    BackyardDove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am aware. If I knew somebody who tests pheasant blood, I probably would've gone to them instead of posting here. So, again, I just want to know if they look pure.
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Is there an agricultural college near you?They may have the proper equipment to test them.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  7. BackyardDove

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    A&M is a big agricultural college, but the curiosity of wanting to know the purity of my pheasants isn't worth the 2 hour drive there. And I'm sure it wouldn't be cheap for them to come out here either. Texas State University is much closer, but they're more scientific than agricultural.
     
  8. PheasantBreeder

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    Or buy birds from someone who can prove they have Pure Stock. I worried about buying Golden's that were crosses, but I just decided to spend the extra for birds that are 100% pure with a document.
    Pic is of one of my pairs, a 97/Vaughn Line birds.
     
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