Which pheasant breed?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by mckenzie, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. mckenzie

    mckenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What pheasant breeds would you recommend for a beginner? I was wanting elliot's pheasants or silver pheasants. Which would be easier to raise? Also where could I find a pair or two?
     
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  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Any ringnecks, Red or yellow goldens, lady Amhearst are the easiest to keep. Silvers and Elliots take a little more effort but are about the same keeping wise . GBWF forum and Softbills for sale are the best in my opinion.
     
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  3. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Totally agree with the above. You can't go wrong starting out with Goldens - http://www.gbwf.org/pheasants/golden.html They are affordable and easy to find. You will get a feeling on pheasant behavior and then decide if want to move up to the more challenging species. Silvers are good beginner birds, but some males can be aggressive. I wouldn't recommend Elliot's as a first bird, try Reeves first. I'd recommend Amherst as well, but their purity is just so messed up right now, do some homework before you & who you purchase your stock from.

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  4. mckenzie

    mckenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks, can multiple breeds be kept together or will they cross?
     
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    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Amhearsts and red golden will cross bred. From what i heard its pretty hard to get true pure stock , espec. with the Lady Amhearsts.
     
  6. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

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    Most of the time they will cross if kept together. Thats why pures are harder to find now. Most people that care for pheasants keep the species in separate pens just for this reason.
     
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  7. mckenzie

    mckenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What size pen would i need for a trio of silver pheasants?
     
  8. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As always, the larger the better!! Most aviaries are rectangle or square in shape, if rectangle - a min of 8 x 16 and square, 12 x 12. I've seen them kept in much smaller, but the more room you can provide, the better and you'll have a nice tail on the male. I also like taller aviaries, where one can easily walk into and you can add layers of branches for the birds. It is important for any pheasant aviary to add plantings, rocks, logs, & enrichment (I think I type that a lot!!) - anything to provide a naturalistic habitat for the species you want to keep will make for happier, healthier birds. Not to mention, a well planted and landscaped aviary is also much more appealing to eye than a bare floor. It can be done rather cheaply as well by using native plants and forest material, no need to break the bank. I would use willows (which would need constant trimming), transplanted cedar & pines from the woods, rocks & logs found also found in the woods.

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  9. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Her e were my Lineated Kalij aviaries several years ago. All of the plants were native or purchased at the "end of season" clearance sales at Lowe's.

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  10. mckenzie

    mckenzie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your aviaries look like my wood duck aviaries lol. Half of the time i can hardly see my ducks they stay hid in the thick cover so much.
     

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