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 4/3/2012 6:00 PM
 
Hey everyone! Great to be here and find such an awesome forum of helpful people...cause I really do need the help!

The environment where I am is arid and desert like which means very hot summers - upto 45 degrees celcius and mild winters with no frost or snow. Similar to Arizona..I guess. Im going to be importing about 700 pheasant and 1000 red leg partridge/chukar eggs and after getting them hatched at a local hatchery, will be brooding and raising them with a view to selling the bulk and picking out a parent flock for future egg production. Pheasant has been raised here sporadically before with some success and the objective is to supply the hunting market. After transit and hatching im assuming ill end up with 600 pheasant and 800 odd partridge.

I am using two standard poultry sheds (Cement and wire construction with sheet roofing) disinfected and unused for some time and in good condition. I plan to brood the pheasant and partridge in two seperate sheds using rice stalks as litter material. All waterers, feeders etc will be purchased new for the gamebirds and no old poultry equipment will be used. Both sheds are approx 6000 sq ft in size. To deal with the summer heat I plan to use ventilation fans on my sheds.

I want to raise and market most of my birds the first year using these sheds which are approx 30x130 feet long and was hoping due to their size and large windows along the sides letting in the sun they might serve as a flight pen of sorts..even though they have roofs?? Or would it be necessary to incur the expense of building flight pens outside as well? Is so, I was considering the PVC pipe type flight pens? Or would the mcfarlane type flight pen be preferable?

Once the bulk of birds have gone to market I could carry on using the remaining birds as layer stock in an open colony type layer system for pheasant, and am going to put the partridge into layer cages.

Can you guys comment on the above plans and tell me if im on the right track?

Cheers!
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 1/16/2017 1:14 PM
 
It sounds to me like you're on the right track, but I'd really think twice about raising the birds inside, cover is extremely important when raising pheasants and that would be my biggest concern with using an indoor facility. Cover provides distractions for the pheasants to detour them from picking at each other, which causes tail feather damage among other things. Please let me know if I can be any further assistance. Thanks, Rich
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 2/2/2017 6:20 AM
 

What can you do to help pheasants cope with the extreme heat of the summers when 1) in the outside pens 2) in the barns?

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 2/7/2017 8:49 AM
 
Use lots of cover for shade or even birdie huts to get them out of the sun, also supply addition sources of water for them.
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 2/8/2017 12:55 PM
 
What exactly is a birdie hut?
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