Pheasant chick care

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by SuperPeacockman, Apr 14, 2012.

  1. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My grandpa gave me some pheasant chicks out of the blue last year, and I did not really have time to do much research on caring for them. Needless to say I was not ready for the slaughter fest, I read a few suggestions to keep them from killing each other but none worked. Now the survivors are laying and my dad popped some of the eggs in the gqf while I was on a trip. So it looks like I will have more pheasant chicks this year. I was looking for advice on preventing a repeat of last year. Does anyone know good ways to keep the from killing each other? Also any tips in general on keeping them?
     
  2. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I should add that they are ringnecks.
     
  3. ranit

    ranit Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The more space you can give them the better. Also give them a gamebird starter which has animal protein rather than plant protein - most gamebird feed has the animal where a lot of chicken feed is plant protein. Some people also utilize blinders when they have a problem with pecking.
     
  4. SuperPeacockman

    SuperPeacockman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks
     
  5. Resolution

    Resolution Chillin' With My Peeps

    For me, physical obstructions in the brooder are critical. This can be accomplished with fire wood mazes with tiling roofs - once outside straw bales and pine boughs.
    You can never have enough dried leaves in an enclosure either.
    Babycakes in the brooder with 5% Ultrakibble supplement ( with animal protein and additional nutrients absent in conventional fare) and optimal foragecakes once they are out. One babycake will be be enough for a dozen pheasant chicks for one month- take it out each evening. The small Foragecakes should last a dozen juvenile pheasants two months- again - remove each evening but rinse it off every few days- put it out in a no tip bow preferably off the ground and move it from place to place to encourage natural foraging behavior- which includes searching for food- it's behavioral enrichment.
     
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