Juvenile Silver Pheasant

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by thomas decoito, Mar 19, 2017.

  1. thomas decoito

    thomas decoito New Egg

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    So i have been raising peafowl in hawaii for a long time.. i just recently got a male silver pheasant from a nearby person who had him. I have been doing red and yellow golden pheasants for a long time too, and i know it takes a while for them to get there color. So the male silver pheasant had the light brown feathers on him too. Does that mean he's young? I'm really hoping too get that full pure white color.[​IMG]
     
  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks to be a 2016 hatch bird and should color out this fall.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. donut314

    donut314 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm posting my questions here as it relates to young silver pheasants.

    At a current pet-swap I went to, I saw these two young male silver pheasants. I asked the owner their age and he said that they were from last year and they were the same hatch. However, one of them had significantly more white development in the feather than the other. Body and head wise, they are pretty much similar. The whiter one had larger feet.

    My question is whether the owner was telling me the truth that they were from the same hatch. Does silver pheasant white out at different rate? If yes, which one was better? I'm assuming the browner one would be better just because I think they stop growing when they fully turn white and the brown one still have room to grow? (Just a theory). Maybe the white one was more dominant and had more food/protein in its diet and thus faster feather development?

    What do you guys think? What are your standards when judging a silver pheasant - not just in how it looks when fully developed, but also the developing process?
     
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    It is possible they do not develop the same,but if they look like the ones in your picture they are from last year.You will se a big difference in their coloring come this fall.
    As far as judging,I haven't heard of anyone crossing them,but that doesn't mean people haven't crossed them.I am sure you could see a difference in the juveline birds if they are crossed.It's very interesting watching all birds go thru their color change,It hard to believe they can look totally different.
    Are you planning on breeding?Or just raising them too look at?You can house all males together as long as there is no hen around.This goes for multiple breeds also.So you could have a male from silver,red golden,yellow golden,swinhoe,reeves,eliot in the same pen as long as the pen is big enough and have multiple perching areas so they can have their own perch.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  5. donut314

    donut314 Out Of The Brooder

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    My goal with pheasant is mostly to look at. I love the red contrast on their face against their white back and black belly and their black and white stripes on their wings is so mesmerizing. I do, however, want to breed so just sell the eggs to help out with the feed bill.

    I'm not exactly asking if they were crossed, but what a standard silver pheasant would be. If there was a silver pheasant contest, what would a judge look for? Posture? Crest? Feet coloring? Etc. I'm also interested to know if a pheasant that develop their full color faster is better, or the ones that takes a little longer to develop their full color?
     
  6. Slist

    Slist Out Of The Brooder

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    from that photo your pheasant looks dark, it might have some Kalij in it
    crawfurds or lineated

    Steve
     

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