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Postby wolga » Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:15 pm

I've noticed a ring neck pheasant cock likes to
visit my partridge Araucana hens. He has been
doing that for a few weeks and flies away
when I approach . All my roosters are in a bachelor
run to give the girls a break. Do you think the
pheasant cock wants to mate with the hens ?
He doesn't seem interested in the other colours.
Just the partridge girls.
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Re: Intruder

Postby nhb » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:02 pm

I don't know if he is interested in your girls or not, but I do know that they like to break eggs from any competition to them as they want their offspring to thrive not the competitions. I have seen this first hand, the offender was shot by a uncle of mine.
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Re: Intruder

Postby Marina » Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:49 pm

Yes, pheasants do mate with hens and I know someone who has a hybrid. Most of these hybrids are infertile but some are fertile. The one hybrid I know of is a female so no fancy colours - just a brown chicken that looks game-like.

So I guess the pheasant's interest is genuine :mrgreen:
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Re: Intruder

Postby eae » Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:02 pm

That would make for a surprise in the incubator!
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Re: Intruder

Postby wolga » Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:59 am

They're all pullets so their eggs are still small. Shall I throw a handful
into the incubator and see what happens ?
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Re: Intruder

Postby eae » Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:20 am

If you've got space in the incubator, why not? :) The results could be quite striking.. the pics available online look great. Of course it rarely says what breed the hen was though.
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Re: Intruder

Postby Marina » Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:00 pm

I would certainly try to hatch some. Some hybrids are fertile and imagine - getting that blue from a pheasant into chooks - wouldn't that be something?
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Re: Intruder

Postby sewren » Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:09 pm

Maybe when you crack the next few have a look and see if there is a blastoderm on the yolk. Might give you an indication of fertility before you bother warming up the 'bator. If all your other boys are separated you should get a good idea as to whether you might get some crazy hybrids! :)
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Re: Intruder

Postby Foehn » Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:20 pm

There's one here http://www.diggersvalley.co.nz/pages/OtherPoultry.htm Scroll down the page.
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Re: Intruder

Postby wolga » Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:14 pm

I think I will have a look at the eggs as Sewren suggested when
I get back next week. But what would I do with the hybrid if I
would hatch one ? They are obviously still quite wild and would
need special housing. Or would they stay with the flock they
grew up in ?
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Re: Intruder

Postby Marina » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:24 pm

The hybrid I know of has a pheasant father and a Shaver mother, lays in the nesting box and comes home to roost in the coop every night. It's quite an elusive bird when free ranging during the day but it was hatched and raised by a hen and is part of a small backyard flock. I think it depends on what the other half is. If it's a game bantam then, of course, you would expect a flighty bird but if it's a calm breed it could well look different.
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Re: Intruder

Postby eae » Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:38 pm

If you had any hens you didn't want, we'd take them into our rag tag brood - my husband loves the idea :)
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