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Pheasant eggs
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jeantte    Posted 05-07-2004 at 14:38:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
we happened across a nest of pheasant eggs that we didn't want to run over in the bean field. they are sitting in an icecream bucket under a hot bulb. what do you think my chances of sucsessfully hatching them are? and advice would be appriecated

screaminghollow    Posted 05-08-2004 at 01:56:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
eggs need an almost exact 100 to 101 degrees to hatch. They can survive very short periods without the momma to heat them, but just under a lamp gives them just slightly better than a snow ball's chance in.... It can be done. The eggs should be in an enclosure like a styrofoam ice chest, or insulated box. temp can be monitored with a thermometer. Easiest, see if some neighbor already has an incubator. or a banty hen who will sit on em. There's ways to sneak orphan eggs into a nest and remove the hens eggs.
Hardest, if yer in PA, you've violated all kinds of wildlife laws and you'll probably be arrested if you call the game commission. Worst, in Pa the eggs would most likely be destroyed by the commission personnel. A year or two ago, they were to destroy all "orphaned" baby animals. It's a strange world when the folks who are charged with protecting wildlife, are under orders to destroy it. Something about disease and animals being "familiar" with humans.

Okie    Posted 05-07-2004 at 16:45:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Pretty good, I hope. We have a dozen in the incubator right now.

jeanette    Posted 05-08-2004 at 05:54:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks... i will check into the laws very carefully

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