Silver pheasant chicks

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by kbgh, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. kbgh

    kbgh Chillin' With My Peeps

    In mid December our trio of young Silver Pheasants laid an egg. Then another, and another, 5 altogether.

    These birds are about 18 months old and should start breeding this spring, but December?

    What the heck we pulled out an incubator , put the eggs in, and waited. Thursday nite 2 eggs pipped and Friday morning we had 2 healthy Silver chicks. Two eggs were undeveloped and one that came late is in the incubator. Due to hatch later this week.

    Anybody else experience this early egg laying?

    Guess I should add we are in North East Pennsylvania and it has been cold since early December.

    Kerry
     
  2. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like your gonna have a screwed up breeding season this year.Have any others laid eggs?Do you provide heat for them?
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  3. kbgh

    kbgh Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is their first fertile year. I hope it was a fluke and they get the idea in the spring.

    Our pens are protected but not heated. I know that a heated pen can screw up the breeding cycle.

    KB
     
  4. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    Are your pens fully wrapped?
    In N.H.,Tony.
     
  5. kbgh

    kbgh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mostly but plenty of ventilation and it is definitely cold. We have to heat waterers and the floors are fozen.
     
  6. Tony K T

    Tony K T Overrun With Chickens

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    I use to cover my pens completely and found that it screwed up their seasons.They started courtships around the same time,but slowed the laying season.[​IMG]

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    I have since changed the poly to just the top 3 ft and leave the bottom open with better results.The roof is covered yearround now with metal roofing.
    In N.H.,Tony.
     

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