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Keeping Pheasants
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Author:  JP_00 [ Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Keeping Pheasants

G'day all,
I'm in western victorian and my partner and I just bought our first house and something I've always wanted to do is to keep a few ringnecks or chuckar partridges, mostly for meat. I was just wondering if I could get some advice on the size of the yard they would require, maintenance requirements and how many young ones I could expect a pair to produce a year.

My thoughts are to get either one male and female or one male two females and take all the young off them and transport them to my dads farm to finish growing them out in one of his poultry yards before preparing them for the table.

My first priority is to get a pair of white leghorn hens in feb/march next year though so i'm in no rush to get the pheasants just want to get an idea of what I'm in for and to give myself some time to prepare.

Thank you,


Author:  andrewschooks [ Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:09 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Keeping Pheasants

Well you'll need a pen with a wire roof, as they tend to fly straight up when alarmed. They also like some cover in the pen as they can be a little nervous.

A pen about 4m x 4m is probably enough for a pair, although larger is better I think.

If they are hatching and raising their own eggs, a hen will only lay one clutch of maybe 15 or so eggs. If you take the eggs and incubate them the hen will lay multiple batches.

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