should I get pheasants?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by DPC poultry, Dec 21, 2010.

  1. DPC poultry

    DPC poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been thinking about getting ringneck pheasants, what kind of cage do I need? Also what kind of nesting boxes? Are they hard to keep? Do they lay eggs often?
     
  2. flgardengirl

    flgardengirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sunny side up :)
    I don't know the answer I am just waiting for someone else to answer you lol, because dh has been wanting pheasants as well.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Honestly I wouldn't know. This is a "chicken" section, however there is a Pheasant section. [​IMG]

    All I know is that for where I live, I've been told they're not cold or rain-hardy, so if we had some, we'd need to really pamper them.
     
  4. Jacklynn

    Jacklynn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Actually Pheasants are very weather resistant.

    I went to a breeders house just last week. He takes plastic barrels, cut's them in half & lets them down, they are uninsulated. They live right outside in wire pens. They do need wire on the top of their cages, as they fly very well.

    I don't know about eggs or anything though, sorry !

    I'm in Southern Ontario, it gets in the teen to the 30s (30s being rare), temp. wise.
     
  5. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Check with you local game warden or state. You will have to get a federal migratory bird permit and the pen that they are in might have to be inspected by the game warden before they give you a permit.
    On the up side the premit should be good for ring-neck pheasants, mallard ducks, and chucker.

    Chris
     
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  6. Robo

    Robo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You need a big cage with some nest boxes. You can use a dog house like you do with your chickens. They lay pretty good in breeding season, but not in the winter.
     
  7. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Pheasants are not migratory birds and I have never heard of anyone needing a federal permit for pheasants. Alot of states do require a state gamebird permit, you would need to check with your state, as each one is different.

    PS- as far as I know, Mallards are exempt from the federal migratory waterfowl permit also.
     
  8. spectrumranch

    spectrumranch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:There are many threads on Ringnecks- read thru a few you should find the info.
     
  9. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pheasants are very winter hardy. I raise hundreds every year, You should cover with poultry netting on the top. Sides we use galv. poultry wire. We don't bother with nest boxes. We had them but they like to make their own. You can get away with clipping their wings to keep them from flying. Having said that.... If they ever get out of their run you can kiss them good bye. These suckers can run. Even my jumbo whites are known to never look back once they escape. Pheasants don't have the loyalty of Chickens.
    Here in the Midwest I start to see eggs in late Feb. till Sept. Hope this helps.







    Just my.02


    Good Luck
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:Pheasants are not migratory birds and I have never heard of anyone needing a federal permit for pheasants. Alot of states do require a state gamebird permit, you would need to check with your state, as each one is different.

    PS- as far as I know, Mallards are exempt from the federal migratory waterfowl permit also.

    That's right Randy, there's no such thing as a migratory bird permit for any upland game bird, as they are not migratory.
    The only species that permit covers are ones on the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, for us, mainly North American waterfowl.

    and yes, whoever told you ringneck werent weather hardy, didnt know what they were talking about, LOL
     

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