I am hoping to make the jump from chickens to pheasants this year and have come here looking for resources and advice. I have been doing a lot of reading on BYC and other pheasant pages, but thought I would ask around for additional advice. Links to particulary high quality past posts and such are appreciated as well. First, what are the best breeds to start with? I really like the red golden, lady amherst, and silver pheasants. Are any of those particularly difficult for a newbie? I would like to avoid having to provide extra heating if possible (I live in NJ so let me know if this is a pipe dream). Aviary design: I am planning on an aviary for them with at least 100 sq feet per bird (I am hoping to keep 6 - 9 total in 3 separate pens). The design so far is for 3 pens with at least 300 sq feet with an enclosure around the entrances to keep any from escaping (is there a name for that particular part of the aviary?). The gound will be as natural as I can arrange it for them, sand, moss, natural mulches, rocks, bushes, downed logs, etc... Is 100 sq per bird enough for most types of pheasant? How high should the top be? Will it be better to enclose the top with garden fencing (to keep out predators) or will that hurt them if they try to fly out? So, would netting be better and if so, at what height should I have the electrical line to keep the local predators out? I have seen many types of "coops" for them, most being a simple elevated box without a floor that have roosts inside. Should it be more elaborate than that or is that ideal? Other: I have chickens, I don't plan to mix them in and plan on keeping the pheasants in the aviary at all times. Do I need to engage in any specific biosecurity arrangements to protect one from the other? Do they readily share diseases? I do range my chickens and it will be difficult for me to completely avoid dirt contamination, even with shoe changing and such. How strict are you with your biosecurity? Stock: Where should I go to find birds? I live in NJ and would prefer to pick up or hatch birds rather than shipping. Thoughts? I have looked all over the web and it seems that there are not that many sources for pheasants, especially local to me. Again, I really appreciate your advice and pheasant keeping wisdom. I will continue to read back through this forum as I await your information.