Posted by CaliforniaHatchery.com on 7/20/2013 to
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 a decent amount 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.
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.
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