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Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by Tayten B, Feb 12, 2015.
just want to see every one set up and birds
I have 3 aviarys 1 guinea fowl and 2 budgie andcockatiel aviarys.
sweet I have one aviary 16 by 20 with a 4 by 9 indoor heated house 11 bob white quail,4 eurasian collared dives, 1 platinum pheasants, and 3 hen ring neck pheasants and soon pigeons and silkies the silkies are hope fully going to sit and hatch eggs
The 1st pic is my newest pens,each pen is 8'wx16'lx10'h and 4 more have been added since this pic.The 2nd pic are 6'wx12'lx8'h there are 15 of these pens and inside 7 of them there is an off ground pen for youngsters.There are 4 that measure 6'wx4'dx6x5'h and 3 others are 6'wx6'lx5'h,I have added 3more pens since this pic also plus a lean to on the face of this pen giving me 15 6'x12'x8'.So total pens I have 31 including the off ground pens.All pens are covered with metal roofing now and hardware cloth on the sides.
Tony, I really like your pens, do you have any closeups of how they are constructed. I could pepper you with questions, but a pic is worth a thousand words.
Sorry no close ups.I build a 12x12 and split it in half then build another 12x12 split it in half 5'10" away and join them.So for every 4 pens built I get 5 6x12's.And on the 8x16 the same thing 16x16 split and another 16x16 split 7'10" away and joined to get 5 8x16s.
What do you do to winterize the pens?
What kind of flooring?
Precautions against predators digging under the perimeter?
How high are the roosts for your pheasants? Do different breeds like different height roosts?
What kind of feeders and waterers do you use? Do nipple waterers work with pheasants?
You should write a book, I'd buy it!
For winter I poly the top 3' of the 6x12s and the top 4' of the 8x16.For the peacock pheasants,diamond doves,and cockatiels I poly the entire pen,but no heat.
They are built right on top of the ground so top soil,it looks like sand now it's been turned over so many times.
Around the perimeter I have 1"chicken wire laid on top of the ground attached to the bottom of the pen and runs outwards 2',held down with tent stakes so the grass grows right thru it and you wouldn't even know there is wire there.It probably needs to be replaced as I haven't replaced it for many years,but then again it seems like all the predators have disappeared.
The roost are about 5 1/2' off the ground,right at the base where the roof pitch is is where the roost are so when they roost the roof keeps the drafts off from them.All roost are at the same height in the 6x12s there at 5 1/2'and the 8x16 they are 8'.
For both feed and water I use the rubber bowls both quart and gallon sizes.
I don't know if they would drink from water nipples,I guess if they get thirsty enough they would or if they were raised using them they would.
I can answer questions but to sit down and try to write a book,I don't think I could handle the pressure of sitting there hour after hour trying to put a book together,but thank you.
Diamond doves and cockatiels survive NH winters outside? You must get at least as bad as we do in Philly. How much snow do you have now? Watching the news I wouldn't want to be in New England this winter.
I'm mulling over the idea of building something like what you have for a small group of Golden or Amhearst pheasants and some doves. I was assuming ringnecks or one of the very hardy exotics, but I love diamonds, I just assumed they needed to be inside for the winters.
I have been raising diamond doves and cockatiels outside for 3 years now and all are doing great.I just lost a cockatiels that was 26 1/2 years old.Their entire pen has to be covered so no drafts can get to them.
We've gotten about 5' of snow right now with another storm coming Sat-Sun that they say could be another 12",nice.
Most pheasants are hardy except for your firebacks,argus,and peacock pheasants.My grey do great outside with no heat.I just got some germains about 1 month ago,but they came from Fl and they are in the basement until spring.
If you leave your birds outside year round they will climatize.