Pheasants are fascinating game birds known for their striking appearance; they are large, colourful and belong to the Phasianidae family. There are numerous different species, which originate from Asia. They are known for their distinctive plumage often exhibiting vibrant and iridescent colours – chestnut brown bodies, striking red eyepatches and shiny purple and green collars.
Some species of pheasants include the Ring-necked, Golden, and Lady Amherst’s. The males typically have more elaborate and colourful plumage than the females which are usually more camouflaged to help them blend into their surroundings during nesting.
Frequently, individuals are accustomed to encountering wild pheasants or associating them with hunting, potentially causing them to overlook the prospect of having them as pets. Pheasants can prove to be delightful companions and showcase an impressive capacity to flourish and reproduce abundantly even beyond their natural habitats.
They particularly adapt seamlessly to environments of around 150 square feet, and it is advisable to provide a more expansive area ensuring you have sufficient space tailored to the specific needs of the birds you intend to keep. They can also add a touch of elegance to any aviary and live together in harmony with other poultry such as chickens and ducks.
Providing nourishment to pheasants can be a rewarding and enjoyable activity. They will thrive on a varied diet, including seeds, grains, insects, and vegetation. Haith’s Garden Pheasant Food is an economical blend of grains designed to cater to the nutritional needs of both game birds and domestic fowl.
For those who have a deep appreciation for the wonders of nature and wildlife, the delight of encountering a pheasant lies in the sheer pleasure of observing these exquisite birds.
Written by Tina Jakes