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Pheasants
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Tammy in MN    Posted 10-03-2002 at 14:26:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't know if you can help or not. We have 35 pheasants in our barn that are 3 months old. They are starting to peck at each other, is there anything we can feed them or put in their pen to stop.


RayP(MI)    Posted 10-05-2002 at 05:59:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid, we had the same problem in our chick/pullet raising operation. We had a medicine sold for the purpose. It was a red salve, healing for the injured, tasted like heck. We put it on the wounds, and a few dabs on the wings of a few healthy ones as well. Once the agressors got a beakful or two of that stuff, the pecking came to a hault. Anybody know if they still make that stuff? What was the name?


geo in MI    Posted 10-03-2002 at 20:31:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lettuce, lots of it--as much as they will eat. Preferrably garden grown leaf lettuce, but iceburg from the grocery store will help. Clover, too, if that's available. And chopped up hardboiled eggs. Try to isolate any that get pecked too much, so the others will not kill it.

(Grand Champion Pheasant grower, Madison County, Indiana------many, many years ago........because all the other 4-H pheasants had bald spots and mine didn't)


Robert in Md.    Posted 10-03-2002 at 17:58:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There is a special nose blinder made from metal that alot of pheasant grower put on the beak of the males to stop this pecking. Robert


Swamphandy    Posted 10-03-2002 at 14:47:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are typically a few reasons for poultry to peck each other:

1. Lacking nutrients - consult a profesional who breeds or keeps pheasants, or do a little old fashioned research at the local library. You may get some good advice online, but I tend not to trust the internet as much as an ink and paper information source.

2. Not enough space. Birds get aggresive when they are confined in too small of an area. Again, consult a proffesional or do some research on just how much space they should need.

3. Boredom. Give dem birds something to do. It doesn't take much to occupy small minds (look at all the people who watch TV all night).


Well thats my 2 bits. Hope you get it figured out. Don't be afraid to call up a farmer or breeder and ask for advice. They may welcome the non-feathered interaction for a change ;)

-Swamphandy


fredo    Posted 10-03-2002 at 19:37:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
when we had little chicks years ago. if they picked each other we closed off daylight and put up a red light. everything looks red and thats the color they are picking at.
fredo


mac    Posted 10-04-2002 at 18:12:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
This won't help any, but it reminded me of something. Years ago when my brother and I were just kids, one of our roosters got in a fight and lost. His comb was looking bad, we thought he'd get gangrene and die. Well we fed him whiskey and a crushed aspirin with an eye dropper then took an old straight razor and gave him a crew cut. We put vasoline on the bleeding comb, he survived to become the undisputed king of the coop.


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