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what to put in aviary?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by dgermanshepherd, Sep 4, 2013.

  1. dgermanshepherd

    dgermanshepherd Out Of The Brooder

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    What type of things is best to put into an aviary to make a pheasant feel at home? We live in the woods and nothing grows here; so It can't be plant based. I thought about cutting some live limbs with leaves to use as cover.
     
  2. PheasantsFirst

    PheasantsFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm able to grow a few plants in each pen, but if you can't I would suggest putting some branches in. A few weeks ago our neighbor trimed some cedar, which isn't native here, in the pens and the birds loved it. I would suggest a short needled evergreen.
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    Here are an example of the silver pen.
     
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  3. dgermanshepherd

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    Can do with the short needle evergreen!! we have a bunch that need elevated! what types of things do you provide your birds to hide under in the event of bad weather? I currently have half of a plastic dog house in each pen.
     
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  4. PheasantsFirst

    PheasantsFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got a dog house like house in each pen. They are raised so they can hang out under them, and I feed them there, might try to get a picture. They also go in them. Have some peices of ply-wood leaning around. What types of pheasants do you have? I've got Silver's, Red Goldens and Lady Amhersts. Generally these breeds are very hardy.

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    ^this is a good view of the Red Golden pen, I was trying to get a picture of the pheasant.

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    Also, the pens are about 2'x3'
     
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  5. dgermanshepherd

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    You have a GORGEOUS red gold! Getting a pair of red golds and temmincks. I want to make sure I have everything right before they get here; don't want to be under-prepared.
     
  6. PheasantsFirst

    PheasantsFirst Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea. Another person I know has a ton of pheasants and his pens have a coverd area with perches on one end of the pen. 3 walls and a roof. I have pictures somewhere, but can't find them.
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    Found them, they are far from the best pictures, but it might give you an idea.
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    What are the minimal wire requirements? I have steel panels that are 2in x 4in. Would that be too big for adult birds?
     
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    Those would be ok. They are a bit on the large side. You would definitely not wan't younger pheasants in there.
     

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