Some people enjoy breeding pheasants. It can be a great way to expand your pheasant flock for free and get new baby pheasants from existing pheasant pairs. However, the World Pheasant Association notes that breeding pheasants isn’t like breeding other poultry species, like breeding chickens. Instead, pheasants only breed during the pheasant breeding season, which ranges between February and April or May. Start breeding pheasants today to enjoy the various benefits of pheasant breeds.
Fertile Pheasant Nests
Your female pheasant needs a pheasant nesting box. The nesting box helps make the female bird feel secure, and it’s here that she’ll sit and brood the fertile pheasant eggs to hatch them into baby pheasants after the pair mate. Ideally, the pheasant nesting box should be approximately 40 centimeters long, 40 centimeters wide and at least 20 centimeters high. Build the pheasant nest by scattering an inch of clean soil on the bottom, and covering the dirt with straw. Don’t use hay, advises the World Pheasant Association.
Hatching Fertile Pheasant Eggs
The average pair of breeding pheasants will lay up to two dozen fertile pheasant eggs, although some pheasant species and breeds lay much less. After that, the female pheasant will sit on the eggs and incubate the fertile ones until they hatch. It takes anywhere from 19 to almost 30 days of incubation before the fertile pheasant eggs hatch under the broody hen into baby pheasants.
Incubating Fertile Pheasant Eggs
If you don’t have a broody chicken or broody pheasant hen to sit on the fertile eggs, you can also use an artificial incubator to hatch the fertile pheasant eggs. Leave the newly hatched baby pheasants inside for a few hours after hatching until they’re fluffy, then put them under a brooding light to keep the babies warm.