Greetings, I 'm new on this blog, seems like a great resource.
I am interested in raising a couple of pheasants this spring summer. I was originally going to use a heating lamp to keep the chicks warm from 1 day old till 8 weeks old...but I stumbled on brooding through surrogate mother. Will a Hen Chicken welcome & adopt 2 or 3 young pheasant chicks if they are all put together in a small friendly space? Also will this suffice as a brooding medium for the chicks or will they need artificial involvement in any way? I won't have the eggs to put down, just the young chicks?
Ya'all enjoy the day, thanks for any insight.
Raul out --
Hi sorry i can't, no good with birds and ones with feathers too, but someone will be along soon.
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Hi, Raul, and thanks for joining in.
We had one of our chickens raise Indian Runner Ducks from eggs last year, so I guess the sitting / hatching bit may come naturally to any feathered mum, but chickens are especially good.
The problem may be when the chicks start to demonstrate behavior that is alien to the mum. Like our ducks loved to splash in water. That just bored the pants off their chicken mum and she lost interest.
We have neighbors who raise pheasant on a commercial basis. We will ask their opinion and get back to you. Give us a day or two to find out.
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I think it is quite different if the hen has sat on the eggs and hatched them - like Danny's ducks. I'm not so sure if a hen will adopt chicks. I would be very careful as sometimes hens can be aggressive to chicks which are not their own. I suppose it depends how broody the hen is. Actually to be honest I don't know the answer to this, it could just depend on the hen.
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If you put pheasant eggs under a broody hen she would accept them. Introducing chicks has to be done very carefully. The hen needs to be sitting on eggs and deeply broody. You need to remove an egg and replace it with a day old chick very quickly. Swapping an egg for an older chick probably wouldn't work.
I hope that this helps.
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