reeves aggresiveness

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by dainironfoot, Dec 9, 2013.

  1. dainironfoot

    dainironfoot Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi guys! I currently have goldens and amhersts and was thinking about getting some Reeves. I have read a lot about how mean they get and was wondering if they are still aggressive if there are no hens around. If I just kept a bachelor pen with two or three males would they kill each other? Thanks a bunch!

    Tony
     
  2. Redgolden1

    Redgolden1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a male reeves with two hens he is not mean at all ! I think if you give them enough room to get around you in the pen while feeding them they are just fine
     
  3. bandbaustin

    bandbaustin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It all depends on the bird really, For instance I had two silver pheasant males. One would eat out of your hand and the other will spur you at every chance he gets. Same goes really for all. I have seen both tame and vicious reeves as well.
     
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  4. BJLReptiles

    BJLReptiles Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 4 male in a pen they were rsised together so far no problems whatso ever but im splitting them up i got a hen coming in soon. As far as mean i never had that problem 1 will eat from my hand the other just ignore me
     
  5. BJLReptiles

    BJLReptiles Out Of The Brooder

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    dont do it last night they were on the same perch went out today and two of them had their brains picked out. I was splitting them up and taking them to sale literally this weekend to
     
  6. whatnext

    whatnext Out Of The Brooder

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    My oldest Reeves male is the caretaker of the community pen. Escorts me around the pen while chirping. Great bird. Have a silver that gets along with all other birds, attacks all people. Most of my birds eat out of my hand, including the silver, before he attacks. I agree, depends on the bird.[​IMG]
     
  7. whatnext

    whatnext Out Of The Brooder

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    Tony, I didn't mean to scare everyone away. My very limited opinion is--spend as much time as you can with them. Become part of the flock. Birds have personalities and quirks like people, dogs, etc... To say any "reeves pheasant" is going to be good or bad is a shot in the dark. What you can go on is: certain breeds are more apt to be aggressive. Silver, Reeves. Fireback, Elliot's, etc... are more likely to be aggressive to females or people than goldens or amhearst. Look at the different breeds of dogs. Which is more aggressive a golden retriever or a pit bull? Depends on the dog. Ok most likely pit bull. Point made. I have had pit bulls lick me in the face (Of course I was protecting my throat with my hand). Another point made, they are still wild animals, be cautious and prepared.

    The reeves in the upper right is the dominant pheasant in that community pen. He is in charge. He knows I am no threat to him or his flock. Great bird. The reeves on the bottom left is his offspring. I kept them together hoping personality would rub off. Will remove well before breeding season.

    Good luck.
     
  8. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    All pheasants have different personalities I agree. I have seen sweet reeves and reeves that would just assume take you or any other birds out. Same with siamese, red goldens, silvers and amhearst. Darn tootin every bird is different with pheasants. I once even had a red golden for about 5 years that was the sweetest pheasant I ever owned. So nice and friendly. Everyone loved him and he loved to be petted or rubbed around the neck.. A friend came over one fine day and said," Have you ever had one fight you?" I said," No but have had mean ones to other birds." Then all he did was take his hat off kiddingly to get a reaction and swat it at that birds face one time...one time mind you now. Well he got one and after that till the day he died he was a horror to not only me but all that entered the pen. He actually sucked and I was bummed. He would peck you and try and hurt you. So keep this little advice under your hat as well.
     
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  9. whatnext

    whatnext Out Of The Brooder

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    What breed of pheasant do you think is the most aggressive towards owners. This is not just one particular bird, this is the breed as a whole. Let's say in dogs pit bull or ???. They say firebacks are mean, but mine don't seem to be. My Elliot's isn't very nice to the hens some time, but he will eat out of my hand on occasion. My current silver is a SOB. But I have owned nice ones. I haven't had a bad golden or amhearst (yet).
     
  10. PheasantsFirst

    PheasantsFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Generally Reeves and any Lophura's (silvers, swinhoes...)

    I hope I spelled stuff correct.
     

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