Tips for Raising Pheasants and Chukar
Proper care of your pheasant and chukar chicks will produce a healthy, robust flock!
Feeding — Baby Game birds requires a higher protein feed. Make sure you are using a quality game bird starter with about 30% protein. If you can't get a game bird starter, you can use a turkey starter instead. We do sell game bird feed, but if you are raising many birds, you'll want to source it locally.
Brooding — Make sure you have a good brooding area. Pheasants and chukars need 95°F for the first week, and then drop it by 5° each week so they feather out.
Litter concerns — Gamebirds can have a tendency to eat their litter when they're young. If you use woodchips or sawdust, cover it up with paper towels (changing the towels frequently) until they know where their food is. This will prevent them from eating the litter and dying of a compacted gizzard.
Elbow Room — Pheasants need plenty of space as they age. Many of the pecking problems associated with pheasants can be attributed to the birds being too crowded.
The Great Outdoors — Letting your birds outside early is a great way to get them active and strengthen them up. Get them outside for about 3 hours a day in your flight pen. You can place them outside permanently at 8 weeks of age, when their feathers should be developed enough to handle the weather.
Protection: — Don't forget to give your birds some cover in the flight pens. A cold rain and wind can take its toll on young birds. Also don't forget to top your flight pen with game bird netting. This keeps your birds in and, more importantly, keeps the predators out!
Outdoor Feeding — While your birds are outside, having feed available that's protected from the elements is a must! Provide your birds with range feeders to keep outdoor feed dry.