How To Begin Raising Pheasants
This short video will take you through the simple steps for raising pheasant chicks. You'll learn the two types of rearing methods used and what you will need for each.
If you're rearing pheasants for the first time, there's two ways to do this. There's the traditional way with the broody Bantam and they rear themselves quite adequately or there's the incubation and then lights, brooders, heaters, everything that's involved in rearing a chick without its mother. Let her sit in a pen something like that on a dozen eggs.
After 26 days, they should hatch all being well. Make sure that the hen can get off, can have a stretch, that there's food and water there while she's sitting. You can kick them off everyday and make them come off for ten minutes and then make sure that they go back again, but a good hen should look after herself.
Once they have hatched, you put them in a pen like this with sides on it so they can get out of the wind, the rain, and the sun. You don't want the birds over heating. If there's no shade, you can lose chicks as well.
Something like that with the mother providing them with water and a chick crumb, that's suitable for pheasants. The pen should ideally be moved every couple of days onto fresh ground and the ground that you use should preferably be, not have had any other birds on it for a couple of years otherwise you get all the problems with worm infestation and disease that birds previously might have carried and left in the soil. Once they're about 7, 8 weeks old, usually once the hen starts laying again, it's time to take the mother hen out of there.
The birds can then go into a lot bigger pen, they don't need the heat from the mother and they're virtually up and running on their own by then. And that's how to begin rearing pheasants. .