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Ringneck Pheasants
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Becky    Posted 04-19-2002 at 10:42:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Do they need to be hand fed when they hatch out or do they 'hit the ground running'like chickens, geese and quail. I incubate those kinds of birds now. Just wondering because I have a chance to get a bunch of eggs, but will pass on them if I can't put them straight in a brooder after hatching.

Karl    Posted 04-20-2002 at 18:09:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
You don't need to hand feed them. Just use medicated mash feed,mixed with a little water.
Just until they find out how to drink on thier own. I put a red marble in with the feed. They peck at the marble, and get a mouth full of mash.Have fun.

Kansas Kid    Posted 04-19-2002 at 15:59:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
We raised them when I was a kid and kept them in a wire cage off the ground but I dont see why the ground would hurt them. They are born there when they are in the wild. We have 35 banty eggs in the incubator right now because our hens are getting older.

Les...fortunate    Posted 04-19-2002 at 11:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
No they don't need to be hand fed. But if they are anything like some we had when I was a kid, they will be wild as a mink and will never stop looking for a hole to escape. IMHO, they are a royal PITA!

Becky    Posted 04-19-2002 at 11:41:36       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks Les. If that's the case, then they shouldn't be any worse or more surprising than my pygmy goats, guinea, or the banty chickens?

Les    Posted 04-19-2002 at 16:46:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's just that they are so wild that they go back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, constantly looking for a place to escape. Makes you feel sorry for them because they hurt themselves and drives you crazy at the same time.

bob ny    Posted 04-19-2002 at 12:54:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
pheasants can not be raised on the ground they
must be on a wire mesh we raised them for local gun clubs and learned the hard way

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