Raising pheasants can be a tough task, and there are many considerations to account for when starting with day old pheasant chicks. We recommend starting with one large flock, and starting early during the pheasant chick hatching season which usually begins in May. Pheasants are usually sold only in large quantities because they require alot of heat when they are chicks, so we recommend having a brooder large enough to accomodate at least seventy five (75) chicks. Your pheasant brooder should allow at least 3/4 square feet per pheasant chick. Your brooder should not allow any drafts or breezes and should be set between 90-95 degrees fahrenheit for the first week. For additional tips and guidelines for raising pheasants, see our guidelines for raising baby chicks.
















(Adult Male Ringneck Pheasant)


Delivery

After your pheasant chicks arrive we recommend dipping thier beeks in fresh water before placing them in the brooder box. Make sure you have prepared sufficient amounts of feed and water which should always be available for your pheasants. Make sure your temperature is set correctly for your pheasants based (see guidelines for raising baby chicks), as most pheasants will not survive the first two nights unless the temperature of their brooder remains consistent and is set correctly. Additionally, make sure there is ample branches and alphalpha hay (away from the heating lamp) in the pheasant pen for the pheasants to peck on, otherwise they may begin to peck on each other.
















(Baby Ringneck Pheasant)

Feed


Pheasants can be fed the same type of feed as day old chickens, typically containing approximately 20% protein (see what the feed chickens).

Housing

Make sure to raise your pheasant chicks in an environment that is free from predators, and that is contained so that predators cannot enter their housing area. One of the largest mistakes first time pheasant owners will make is to leave their chicks in an open coop area that is susceptible to pheasants being attacked by predators. In order to make sure your pheasants cannot dig their way out of their housing area, we recommend burrying some galvanized-after-weaving mesh wire at least six (6) inches under their housing area and bringing the mesh wire outside the coop. This will prevent your pheasant chicks from escaping their housing area once they are old enough to dig holes.

-Californiahatchery.com