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Raising Pheasants...
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Joe    Posted 01-21-2002 at 12:59:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm considering raising pheasants, just a dozen or fewer, as a hobby. I live near Minneapolis, MN; what are their chances for survival if I set them free in the fall? Would they fare better if I kept them over the winter and released them in the spring? I'm just doing this for fun, with my kids and would be most interested in raising something that we could release. Are there any other better options?, ducks?, geese?
Thx for any info or pointers!

Kathy Strong    Posted 01-08-2004 at 09:57:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
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J WITHAM    Posted 05-20-2002 at 16:10:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a Ring Neck Pheasnt Hen brooding a nest in our side yard. It seems she has been on her nest for about 3 weeks. We monitored her and in about a 2 weeks time laid about 12 eggs. She is in abour 12 inch tall grass with Dead Fir branches over her. I have checked on her and she has moved but I am worried about the chicks. I have never had a situation such as this. We have had the honor of watching these fine creatures such as the Roosters but never the nesting of the hens. She even allows us to mow around her. Is this normal? What is the incubation period of a pheasant and what should we expect? I just know to keep the Ravens from the nest to keep them from harming the chicks.

If you can not help me please link me to someone who might. I am very interested in this and would like to know what to expect as soon as possible.

Thank you,

J Witham

RayP(MI)    Posted 01-26-2002 at 19:36:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wondered the same thing, and asked around - typically, the ones raised in captivity don't last long after release to the wild. Look up the "Pheasants Forever" web site. they have gone from raising to providing habitat as their primary means of providing for increased population. Seems the captive ones don't develop a respect for predators and quickly become dinner.

Jim (Mi)    Posted 01-24-2002 at 04:36:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My uncle raises 100 or so every year. He mainly sells them to hunters or game farms. We go over there every year and hunt them. He has not seen any signs of them surviving the winter yet. Make sure you make a real good and tight cage. We do not have the snake problem THANK GOD. But his first year he had a minx get in and kill 94 of his 100. This year he raised a high breed kind. They were black and teal colored. They cooked up so good.

Pigster    Posted 01-21-2002 at 21:20:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best be doin some checking with the local game law enforcers before getting into this. Most states require a permit to raise game of any type. That part I don't totally see the ins and outs of. Releasing almost anything into the wild is usually a definite no-no. Between some of the exotics becoming established to the detriment of local species and the possibility of releasing a disease from your or anybody's operation this is a very good thing. Give it some more thought before the kids get their hearts set on it

Les    Posted 01-21-2002 at 14:25:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stick with the pumpkins.

jt    Posted 02-04-2002 at 13:23:48       [Reply]  [No Email]

Donna    Posted 01-21-2002 at 13:08:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't expect to many to survive, I raised them for a while, they are so tiny when they hatch, My biggest kill off was the black snakes, if you have got a nice tight warm place to raise them, and give them a high protien feed, you should do alright, we just have to many black snakes, I use to raise quail they are fun too. Good luck

PCC-AL    Posted 01-21-2002 at 14:58:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Donna,
Where are you located? Here at my house in AL we have many more chicken snakes than black snakes. I was almost beginning to think that black snakes were becoming rare. It has been some years since I have seen the coachwhip snake. Half black and half brown. Just curious.

Donna    Posted 01-21-2002 at 17:12:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Blacks snakes are alive and well here, we have coachwhips here too, and lots of copperheads, garden snakes, little green snakes and one hungry kingsnake which I hope has lots of little ones, I killed 8 black snakes last summer one was 10 ft. long, hubby could'nt believe it. We killed 15 copperheads.
Blessings Donna

LazyHorse    Posted 01-21-2002 at 17:23:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hate to butt in, but you shouldn't kill black snakes. They are natures best predator control for rodents, and they are harmless to humans. I'm not a snake lover by any means, but my Grandpa would whoop my arse for killin a black snake, he always kept em in the feed barns, and sheds to kill the rats and mice.

Donna    Posted 01-22-2002 at 10:36:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Where do you come off telling me not to kill what is killing what I raise, I would kill a coyote for doing the same thing, if it distroyed what I raise
to depend on survival, the Sucker is DEAD, they ate all my Game birds, my eggs, they killed my chickens, my ducks, and scared me, I WILL KILL THEM AND CONTINUE, What are you an animal rigths J.A.??

LazyHorse    Posted 01-22-2002 at 10:43:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Nope, didn't mean to insult you in any way, just stating that black snakes are good for rodent control. I've never seen a black snake kill a bird yet, they will eat the eggs though. I'm sorry if you took offense to this, but in my opinion they are a very helpful creature, and I don't like snakes. If they are around it's because you have rodents, which will do more harm to your birds by spreading disease.

Donna    Posted 01-22-2002 at 10:51:21       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have mice, but the cats take care of them, It sickens me to slice open the Black Snakes belly and see my game bird in it, or my half grown duckings, and a nest full of eggs, I wish they would stick to killing the mice, they would never be harmed it they did, but when they trespass on what I depend on to survive I take care of the problem, I don't have time for nonesence from a hungry snake, or a neighbors dog, etc.,My neighbors are warned once and if they don't take of the problem I do, life is hard I make the best of it, and I keep what is mine safe a all cost. Have a great day.

Cody    Posted 03-12-2002 at 18:28:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well golly gee Donna Jean Dumb-sh_t,

Your pert near an ingnorant cus aint cha.

How about going back to school and taking some zoology courses so you may truly learn about the birds and the bees. I'm not an animal rights activist, but your ignorance about the world truly confirms my beliefs about backwood inbreeding. Happy learning!

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