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Intruder

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 6:15 pm
by wolga
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.

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:02 pm
by nhb
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.

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 8:49 pm
by Marina
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:

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2017 11:02 pm
by eae
That would make for a surprise in the incubator!

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 9:59 am
by wolga
They're all pullets so their eggs are still small. Shall I throw a handful
into the incubator and see what happens ?

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 10:20 am
by eae
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.

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 2:00 pm
by Marina
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?

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 6:09 pm
by sewren
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! :)

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:20 pm
by Foehn
There's one here http://www.diggersvalley.co.nz/pages/OtherPoultry.htm Scroll down the page.

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 10:14 pm
by wolga
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 ?

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:24 pm
by Marina
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.

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:38 pm
by eae
If you had any hens you didn't want, we'd take them into our rag tag brood - my husband loves the idea :)

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 7:56 pm
by wolga
Just a little update. I did incubate a dozen eggs in hoping the
pheasant did the job. Amazingly 3 eggs were fertile but unfortunately
the embryos died during incubation . Bummer !

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2017 11:12 pm
by Marina
Yes, bummer! Would have been sooooo interesting. Can you give it another try?

Re: Intruder

PostPosted: Wed Jul 26, 2017 9:56 am
by wolga
Unfortunately not. Matched up all the roosters for breeding.
The partridge girls are no single ladies anymore. Haven't seen the
pheasant cock in a while. Maybe he moved on.