Impeyan( Himalayan Monal) pheasant questions.

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by mustangluvrjen, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. mustangluvrjen

    mustangluvrjen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a good family friend in WI that has a couple pairs of impeyans. He is offering me a couple eggs to incubate from his younger pair(3.5 yrs) that he suspects to be laying this season. He recently heard of my devastating news about my previous stock of various poultry being stolen and knew how much time dedication that I had put into it. I had the tiny from button quail to black fantails and a rescued wild turkey(He kinda just appeared in my fenced yard one day).

    I only have a couple buttons left; they were small enough to squeeze under raised patio. One depressed male black fantail; mate was still here but had injuries from the ordeal and did not make it. Police report were filed and band numbers were taking just incase the show up in local auction yards. As far as my beloved wild Tom I hate to think what has happened to him. He wasn't cooped/contained because not really supposed to have him. However he stayed because there was free food plus he was a perk for me. Anytime a feral cat would come around his area he chased them away so it was a win win situation.

    Ok sorry for rambling there. The friend of the family has offered me a couple eggs to hatch. He has lil experience using incubator. If his birds don't set he has broody hens. He is not promising me anything as far as hatchability since this would be the pairs first season. I'm not really expecting anything but it's the gesture that appreciate. As I think most would.

    My questions are;

    What are the guidelines for hatching Impeyan eggs( temp, humidity, and days)?

    Has anyone here ever incubated the impeyan eggs? What was your outcome?

    Are they dark speckled eggs like quail eggs? What size are they(wondering if will fit in egg turner)? Pics of eggs would be great.

    I have a new pen that I had almost finished before my flock was stolen. It's made out of horse panel from tractor supply but made into a round pen with a tree as center post w/ aviary netting and canvas top. It's 16' long by 5' high panel in circular form and if I remember correctly I believe my center brace on tree in the middle is 7'3'' high.

    Would this be enough space for a couple of impeyans?

    If I do take on this venture what do I need to know, expect and be cautious about?

    I have been to several site and reading anything I can but I figured I could come here for advice.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward hearing back from you.
     
  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Temp is 99.5 for 28 days hum is always a guessing game.Yes I've hatched them with good luck some years and bad luck others.
    Yes they are dark speckled eggs about the size of a goose egg.They do fit in a turner but you need to skip cups so they do not hit each other.
    Yes that pen size is good for a few young birds.There is a secret to raising the chicks to adult.When they are ready to go outside they need to be in a screened pen.They are susectible to west nile and you need to keep the mosquitos off from them.After they reach adult size they should be fine to put into a regular pen.They love to dig.
    I wish someone would gift me some impeyan eggs.You are a lucky guy.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. mustangluvrjen

    mustangluvrjen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Tony K T, thank you so much for taking time to reply. Can pheasants get a vaccine for west nile like livestock? What about temps during the summer? I've read that they are cold hardy but not so great in heat. I live in the coastal areas of SC. We can get some brutal heat with high humidity during late months of summer. The pen is a very shaded spot w/ some filtered sun and stays that way year round not matter the time of day. I plan to take advantage of all the down branches from ice storm of the pine trees to create more roosting and hiding areas as well. How big does the screen pen need to be? How long does it take to get to adult size?

    Again thank you so much for your time. I'm very anal when it comes to animal husbandry and want to make sure I have setup right.
     
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    I think there is a vaccine,but I am not positive.They do not do well in constint heat,so a shaded pen is a must.I've heard some people use misters in the pen to cool it off,but that would make a muddy mess.My screened pen is an off ground pen and it is 6'wx3'dx4'h.This is a temporary pen that they use for about 2 months.Any size pen would do as long as it is screened,even a screen house would do.They reach adult size about 6-7 months.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     

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