I am a member of the American Pheasant and Waterfowl Society (APWS) and they send a directory every year and gives you names of people and what they raise by each state.Oh wow how do u know all those people that good I'm very close to lodi and Orville, and was actually at Kurt landigs place it was amazing the time he put into is cages and set up, and how many differant kinds I never even seen before and he had signs that told you what they were and there orgin it was awesomeII
There not as hard to find as you think.There are many breeders all across the U.S.raising most of the breeds of pheasants.There are only a handful that are hard to find.You might have a very hard time getting the really wild and rare birds locally. I had to get my male impeyan from across the country along with my swinhoe hens and a few other species. Getting them from just once or two local sources can be iffy too because since alot of pheasant breeders know each other if they're local they often exchange birds to get new blood in so you might be getting birds that are more closely related than is ideal. When it comes to pairing birds it can be tricky and results will vary depending on the bird but some general guidelines to follow would be.
With some species like impeyans, tragopans, and a few others they really should be kept in pairs only as the females can fight with each other and/or the male will play favorites and completely ignore other hens in favor of one.
Never introduce new birds into a pen of birds with an established pecking order or that have been in the pen for an extended period of time. Instead try to introduce everyone at once so no one comes in as the low man on the totem pole right away.
Don't keep young birds with older birds especially during breeding season due to aggression issues.
With impeyans don't try and pair a fully mature cock bird to a yearling hen as there is a good chance he will kill her.
NOTE: these are just my personal opinions that I have gathered from other more experienced breeders and through my own observations.
When it comes to temperament it's really dependent on the individual birds. Red goldens are supposed to be pretty buddy buddy but mine are a somewhat nervous and timid bunch. My impeyans, amhersts, and swinhoes on the other hand seem to make a game of who can get underfoot first and trip me when giving food. I also have to hold on to the bowl tight if I decide to hand feed that day because they jump into the bowl or onto my shoulders so they can stuff their faces quicker.