pheasants insane?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by SSS, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. SSS

    SSS Out Of The Brooder

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    I was thinking of getting a few pheasants, but I heard they're insane and cannibals. I don't want to put pheasants in with my chickens if they're like that! [​IMG]
     
  2. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    I'm not familiar with pheasants, but I believe the cannabalism and attacks on other birds start if they are crowded together.

    I do think there are diseases that chickens can tolerate but that game birds are highly susceptible to. You might want to pin that down before considering mixing the two. I believe it's been covered on other threads here, you might want to do some searching.
     
  3. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I regretfully decided against pheasants because of their space requirements... [​IMG]
    Some are so pretty and I had a chance to get some very colorful birds.
    If you have the space they would be worth it but by themselves with lots of room.
     
  4. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
    Chambersburg, Pa.
    I only have 1 Ringneck and he is a weirdo. He runs up and down along the fence most of the time. He will calm down when we hold him, but trying to catch him first is a challenge. I thought about getting more, but after seeing how he is, I changed my mind. He is bonded to our lone Wild Eastern Turkey, they hatched and grew up together...so now they live together in the same pen and get alone fine. I wouldn't put either of them with my chickens though.
     
  5. NateinFL

    NateinFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you ever get Chinese Golden Pheasants, DONT expect them to be tame unless you get them from Day 1, I had a friend get some as babies and we handled them on a daily basis and they still totally freaked out when they saw the hand going in the cage, and she named them "Skits" and "Frenic" I thought that was the funniest thing.
     
  6. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Cannibalism is most common in over crowded birds, poor diet from low protein feeds, and is more common in the ringneck varieties than the ornamentals. The goldens are great and not all that skittish. just give them plenty of space. None of the ornamental are going to make pets by any means, they are wild birds, not chickens, but most are not flighty or crazy as long as YOU act right in their pens. Walk in, slow and steady, give them their space to move away, and all is fine. Planted pens help tremendously as well with calming them down, bare open dirt pens, leave them feeling vulnerable and thus more flighty.
    Try some goldens or amherst, nothing more beautiful, and you'll love them!
    Keep any pheasant way from chickens, not in a cage (8x 10 minimum per pair or trio), and dont try to catch them unless absolutly needed.
     
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  7. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I have a Ringneck hen that I had gotten from a feed store at a few days old. Her name is Socks and she is pretty friendly as Ringnecks go. She will eat from my hand, So will my Silvers and my Red Goldens. Silvers as chicks seem to be the friendliest and as adults too, at least the males. They are pretty curious and always want to see what I'm doing.
     
  8. Brainy Farm Wife

    Brainy Farm Wife New Egg

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    We have about 15 Ringneck males, and they are all very tame, some more than others but one in particular, “Roo” is mature and so docile he will actually perch on my forearm and eat scratch out of my hand, that took work to accomplish but worth the effort.

    We have an imported pureblood Ringneck who is far from friendly, though he is calmer with my husband, than with me.

    The Hens on the other hand are flighty and have no care for human attention!
     
  9. kartking22

    kartking22 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm interested to know if anyone here freerange thier pheasants?
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    I have 3 silver cocks that roam around the yard, just by thye grace of God though, I wouldnt recommend it at all!!!! Most would not even slow down or look back if turned out
     

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