Yeah yeah yeah pheasants and chickens can't be together but....

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by elizabethbinary, Mar 2, 2011.

  1. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
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    When I got my pheasant he had been housed with three chooks as long as they've been alive (2 years, he's 6). He was given to me WITH his chicken house-mates. I was given them by a very very very reputable chicken breeder/shower (constant blue ribbon winner and a bloke that can talk your ear off about showing high quality birds for days if you let him).

    If this pheasant has been with these particular chickens (and their parent lineage!) it's whole life, is there still a problem? I am 99.99% certain this man would've given his animals their preventative medicines, he was really hardcore about it all.

    BUT the chicken/pheasant run of his was very large and I wonder if that attributed to the health of my pheasant? It was also housed with a Mandarin duck (o.m.g <3).

    The pheasant seems fond of his little friends, but I don't want him to be TOO fond of them and get sick... so I should still separate them?
     
  2. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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  3. EmtheFishLady

    EmtheFishLady We're all mad here

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    Deerman,that looks like the coolest bird EVER.
     
  4. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Quote:That was my thought! They snuggle up together at night and have for years, apparently... so I was wondering if it was okay for these particular chooks/pheasy. They will have their own pen since they are my show/breeding chickens so they'll never come into contact with my other birds. [​IMG]

    THAT IS A COOL BIRD!!!

    He's a golden... can a golden and hamburgs breed???? Spotty Gold Chickens?
     
  5. Boggy Bottom Bantams

    Boggy Bottom Bantams Crowing

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    Luck is what that's called in the pheasant world.
    Many of the diseases that can and do kill pheasants show no clinical signs whatsoever in chickens. Chickens can and do pick up these at any time threw their life, and which time, due to the lack of visible signs, you'll have no idea that have it. Next step, they pheasants get it and trust me, you'll know then.

    No I have never heard of a ruffed species hybridize with chickens. But very few breeders risk keeping them together.

    another thing is, what worked for years at his place, may not work at yours. Stuff as simple as insects and worms can carry problems to your birds.
    My advice and many others would be to house them separately unless you just like taking risk. Time usually trains everyone with pheasants. Stay with it long enough and eventually there will be a learning experience with them and mixing.

    Most breeders who keep both, have them on opposite sides of their farm or at least a good distance between, and change boots between pens and feeding to avoid any possibility of cross contamination's.

    Having been housed together for so long does give hope, but by no means any form of guarantee, especially after being moved from the original place. New environment, new possibilities....
     
  6. annette'spets

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    Yikes, just when I am planning to get a couple pheasants I read about this Coryza-which I never heard about and appreciate the heads up as I have chickens also. I was not going to house them together but my ten baby Java chicks were walking around in the pen they will go in ,just recently moved them to the next pen with only a fence between them. Should I put up another type barrier,say mesh screening on the fence? Could the new birds pick up something from the chicks?
     
  7. Robo

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    Just have a solid barrier.
     
  8. deerman

    deerman Rest in Peace 1949-2012

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    no i have never hear of golden cross with chicken, none i know of.

    Myself I don't mix birds, but in this case....been house together for years......i myself would even keep them together.


    Coryza....can be carry by either......deadly disease and bird cure become a carrier......this is a problem with any new bird brought to your place.

    Reason I think any bird with coryza should be cull ,and never treated.


    ITS ALWAY A RISKS WITH ANY POULTY OR GAMEBIRD.......reason ,no new birds get near mine for 30 days....but even that wouldN'T help with a carrier.
     
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  9. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Crowing

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    annette'spets :

    Yikes, just when I am planning to get a couple pheasants I read about this Coryza-which I never heard about and appreciate the heads up as I have chickens also. I was not going to house them together but my ten baby Java chicks were walking around in the pen they will go in ,just recently moved them to the next pen with only a fence between them. Should I put up another type barrier,say mesh screening on the fence? Could the new birds pick up something from the chicks?

    ROOFING TIN MAKES A WONDERFUL SOLID BARRIER, EASILY INSTALLED AND STURDY, READILY AVAILABLE AT LOWES OR HOME DEPOT AND NOT TOO EXPENSIVE, WORKS GREAT AS A VISUAL BARRIER TOO, AND NO MATTER HOW CRAFTY MR RACCOON CANNOT REACH THROUGH SOLID GALVANIZED METAL [​IMG]
     
  10. Boggy Bottom Bantams

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    annette'spets :

    Yikes, just when I am planning to get a couple pheasants I read about this Coryza-which I never heard about and appreciate the heads up as I have chickens also. I was not going to house them together but my ten baby Java chicks were walking around in the pen they will go in ,just recently moved them to the next pen with only a fence between them. Should I put up another type barrier,say mesh screening on the fence? Could the new birds pick up something from the chicks?

    solid barriers help, but again back to the insect and worms which can carry certain disease, (coryza is a rare one compared to a lot of the stuff out there) they will crawl under it.
    I try tp keep a good distance between pens for all gamebirds to chickens or any domestic fowl for that matter. A shared wall on pens helps but only to a minimum.​
     

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