Raising Pheasants

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)


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)

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Favorite Chicken Breeds

Some of our favorite chicken breeds the the barred rock chicken, easter egger chicken, and the buff orpington chicken. Each one of these chicken breeds offers a unique characteristic!

The Barred Rock Chicken originated in Holland and lays large dark brown eggs about three (3) times per week. The barred rock chicken has a friendly and calm personality and a greyish "rock like" coloring  making them a popular backyard chicken breed in the United States. The barred rock chicken has a friendly personality and can be housed with any other breed of chicken.

Barred Rock Chicken Breed

(Pictured Above: Barred Rock Chicken Breed)

The Easter Egger Chicken lays blue and green colored eggs about four (4) times per week. The easter egger chicken is a small breed that originates from the United States. This breed is very active and friendly, making it a top choice for backyard chicken flock owners. The easter egger breed has been bred to lay their uniquely colored eggs which is the reason this breed is refered to as the easter egger chicken breed.

The Buff Orpington Chicken originates from England and lays large brown colored eggs about three (3) times per week. The buff orpington is a favorite breed for many backyard chicken owners due to their appearance, as they have been bred as a show bird rather than for utility purposes. Their docile and friendly personalities make them easily adaptable to live with other chicken breeds!

Buff Orpington Chicken Breed

(Pictured Above: Buff Orpington Chicken Breed)

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Chickens for Eggs- Best Egg Laying Chickens

Chickens for Eggs- Best Egg Laying Chickens

The best egg laying chicken breeds will generally lay five (5) or more eggs per week, have a high tolerance for laying conditions, and provide high quality eggs. We would like to provide our customers with a list of our most popular egg laying chickens that produce high quality eggs.

1) Delaware chicken- This breed will usually lay four (4) large brown eggs per week depending on conditions. The breed originates from the United States and will provide a calm and friendly demeanor as one of your backyard chickens.

2) Rhode Island Red Chicken- The Rhode Island Red chicken breed typically lays five (5)extra-large brown eggs per week. This is by far one of our most popular egg laying breeds. This breed is calm and easily handled as part of your backyard chicken flock.

3) White Leghorn chicken- This breed will lay about four (4) large white eggs per week of excellent quality. They are an active and energetic breed that will add some personality to your backyard flock! We highly recommend the white leghorn chicken as one of your primary white egg laying chicken breeds.
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What to Feed Chickens

Chickens require different kinds of feed at different stages in their life. Chickens are omnivores, which means they will eat just about anything from worms, vegetablkes, fruits, flowers, and grass. However, you should consider feeding your chickens feed with the proper amount of protein and nutrients designed to keep your chickens healthy.

To get started, we have listed the kinds of feeds to provide for your chickens at different stages in their lives:

Chicks- Should be fed organic chick starter feed with at least 20% crude protein, and other ingredients to include lysine, crude fat, crude fiber, calcium, phospohorus, and salt. Other ingredients in chick starter feed may include corn, soybean meal, dicalcium phosphate, diatomaceous earth, lime, potassium sulfate, magnesium sulfate, kelp, dried lactobacillus fermentation product, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, calcium carbonate, ferrous sulfate, folic acid supplement, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, and Vitamin B12 supplement. Chick starter feed should be fed to your chicks up to 14 weeks of age before transitioning to chicken layer developer feed.

Chicken layer developer feed contains the same ingredients as chick starter, except it should have less protein- generally around %17 crude protein. Chicken layer developer should be fed from 14 weeks of age until your chickens start to lay eggs, at which point you should switch to Organic Layer Mash Feed, or Organic Layer Pellet Feed. Organic Layer Mash Feed and Organic Layer Pellet Feed should contain about %16 crude protein and various amounts of other minerals. It should be fed to chickens that are laying eggs in order to provide the right amount of nutrients for your chickens!
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Guidelines for Raising Baby Chicks

Before you receive your day old chicks or ducklings from californiahatchery.com, there are a few things you should have ready:

1) A heating lamp and brooder area- The heating lamp temperature should change according as your chicks grow. Follow the heating lamp temperature guidelines below to provide optimal temperature for your chicks:
Week 1- 90-95 degrees fahrenheit
Week 2- 85-90 degrees fahrenheit
Week 3- 80-85 degrees fahrenheit
Week 4- 75-80 degrees fahrenheit
Week 5,6,7- 70-75 degrees fahrenheit
Week 8- 65-70 degrees fahrenheit
Week 9- 65 degrees fahrenheit

The heating lamp should be placed 12-18 inches above the floor of the heating area. Some signs that your heat is too low- Your chicks will huddle together in the brooder. If the temperature is too high, your chicks may be dispersed throughout the heating area, and they may look tired. If the temperature is set correctly, your chicks will be evenly dispersed throughout the heating area, and they will look lively while making lots of peeping sounds!
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