ringneck breeding advice

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by EmAbTo48, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
    We have been raising ringnecks for 3 years from day olds we buy and then releasing in our area to help re populate it. Its been a great success!

    Well we would like to keep a male with 3 females. However, we have never bred these birds.

    What type of nest? Or things would the hen need?

    Does the male need to be removed once they lay?

    Will he breed all 3 hens?

    Can the females have there chicks around the other hens and there chicks?

    We have a very large outside pen the size of a pole shed, that is filled with evergreen trees, tall grass, hay for winter, we use bales for shelters, as natural as possible to there outside surroundings once released. Anyways we hope to be able to just allow the 3 hens and rooster to naturally do there business and hatch there own.

    We want to keep all 4 we keep as un pet like as possible, we want the chicks to be raised by mother not by us, but of course we do have the brooder if need be.

    Is this possible? Do we need to seperate hens from each other? Or the rooster?
  2. EmAbTo48

    EmAbTo48 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2011
    Northern Wisconsin
  3. mochicken

    mochicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2011
    NW Missouri
    Give it a while, people have jobs and responsibilities, they will post a reply when they get a chance to see the posting
  4. gobblerunfarms

    gobblerunfarms Out Of The Brooder

    i run my ringnecks one male to ten females so three is fine. i have never let mine sit on the eggs. i put all mine in incubator hatch raise in brooder then they go into a grow out pen with minimal human interaction. the only time i go in there is for feed every five days as i have automatic feeders that hold two hundred pounds of feed. as far as nest go. i take big flower pots turn them on their sides and kinda hide them with branches, grass or anything like that. place a little dirt and grass on inside and there you go.
  5. deserthotwings

    deserthotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2011
    Queen Creek AZ
    Quote:Great advise. I have been raising Ringnecks and ruffed pheasants for 16 years and rarely if ever have a hen brood. Bantam hens make excellent mothers and sitters if you don't want to go the incubator route. Good Luck Amigo
  6. patti'speeps

    patti'speeps Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 27, 2010
    Greensburg, Indiana
    We have been raising ringneck pheasant for 2 years now. I let 2 hens go broody and sit on there eggs. They never did hatch them out though so I had to pull them or they would have sat on them for months with nothing happening. We raise ours in a 50x50square flight pen. About 3 roosters for 30 hens. I had very good success artificially hatching them. You really don't wanna mix ringnecks with chickens bc of the disease issue so using a broody bantam is probably not the best idea. Good Luck!!!
  7. Franzen Farms

    Franzen Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2010
    Wilmington, IL
    We keep one rooster for every eight hens and we pick the eggs every day to put in the incubator so the hens don't go broody and keep laying eggs.

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