Pheasant egg questions.... UPDATE! Hatching!!

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Kathryn4629, May 13, 2011.

  1. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok where to start....

    Today I noticed a dead female pheasant in the road next to my driveway, was not there yesterday. While burning the ditch I found a nest with 14 eggs in it.. There were feathers everywhere around the nest, so I think something killed the female during the night and drug her out into the road.. Three of the eggs were cracked, so I opened them up and they were just barely starting to vein.

    So I have 11 eggs in the incubator: I set the temp at 99.5 and am working on the humidity.

    What should the humidity be at during incubation?
    Do I up the humidity during the hatch like chickens?
    Can I use the auto turner? It would be great if I could since I have to leave for 7 days in about a week.
    What do the chicks eat?
    Do they need special supplements?

    If I can get them to hatch I plan on releasing them back to the wild.

    Helpful tips and tricks would be great!! In exchange I will keep you all updated on if they hatch or not [​IMG]

    Thank you soooo much!!
    Kathryn
     
    Last edited: May 30, 2011
  2. Riffecreek

    Riffecreek Chukar Junky

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    50-60% humidity is fine.. up it a little at the end and hatch them standing on end! they need 28%+ protein gamebird starter and an auto turner is fine
    Keep them under a red light during the brooding stage and give them plenty of space and you should be fine.

    The only problem I see is that the eggs might of been chilled to the point of 0 hatch rate, but never hurts to try!
     
  3. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you!

    Yes I have been thinking that they might have gotten to chilly last night. But at least it was a very warm night for us, my thermometer says it only got down to 48 degrees. So I guess I will keep my fingers crossed.

    Is it possible to candle them in about 10 days? To check for development.
     
  4. PortugalBreeder

    PortugalBreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I want to know the news on that situation! [​IMG]
     
  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    You should be able to see development over time by candling. Wait a few more days and you will either see blood rings (bad) or a developing embyo. 24 days for me on my ringnecks. If the veins were just starting, call it 4-6 days. Stop turning them 15 or 16 days from now. I've had them hatch in the turner, while turning. Hopefully you'll have a surprise hatch.
     
  6. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    UPDATE!!!

    They are hatching!!! woo hooo!!!

    Of course I am out of town and luckily my Mom is house sitting for me. She called this morning and said there is one chick out and 5 more are pipped. [​IMG] Thats 6/11 showing activity. Not so shabby.

    Question: Do I have her set up the brooder just like you would for chickens? Recommended temp? What kind of chick food do they need? Anything else I need to know?
    [​IMG]

    I will update with pictures as soon as my Mom e-mails them to me. Oh gosh I want to be home NOW!
     
  7. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Yes they have to be in a brooder after they dry off.The tenp has to be 95 for the 1st week then drop 5 degrees a week for the next 4 weeks and they should be ok without heat.Gamebird un medicated crumbles are what I feed mine.You do not want layer mash for these guys.Give them vitamins and electrolytes in their water supply once a week until they are feather out.
    Good luck.In N.H.,Tony.
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  8. Yvonne37894

    Yvonne37894 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congradulaions !!!! [​IMG]

    That is so kool that you did this.
     
  9. Kathryn4629

    Kathryn4629 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you so much for the info it was just what I needed. I ended up have my Mom use some alfalfa for bedding in the brooder. She said they seem to like hiding in it.

    Oh and there are currently 6 chicks out and no other movement from the other eggs yet. I wonder how long I should have her wait to give up on the other eggs?
     

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