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Lady Amherst Pheasant
The Lady Amherst Pheasant is part of the group of pheasants known as Ruffed Pheasants. They are found in the wild in Central to Southern China, and are a very popular bird in captivity here in the USA. The males are very colorful and the mating ritual is a sight to see. Lady Amherst Pheasants do not color fully until their second year but are sometimes fertile their first year. They may be kept in pairs, or 2-3 hens with one male. Egg clutch is 6-12 eggs and incubation is 23 days. Lady Amherst hens lay prolifically, sometimes late into the Summer. Here at AJ's Pheasants we feed all our pheasants a standard game bird feed with breeder rations in the Spring and Summer with a Finisher/Maintenance ration in the Fall and Winter. Sometimes we pamper them with vegetable treats. The Lady Amherst Pheasant is a true joy to raise. They are winter hardy.
Elliots Pheasants are members of the Long Tailed Pheasant species. They are found in the wild in Eastern and Central China and are now on the endangered species because of dwindling numbers. They are very popular and common in captivity in the USA and abroad. Elliots pheasants mature and color their first year, sometimes not fertile until the second year. Our strain here at AJ's Pheasants have always been fertile their first year. Elliots are beautiful birds and are very easy to raise, but be aware that the males can be aggressive to the point of killing their mate therefore it is best to keep one male with 2-3 hens. Our trio here seem to get along well and our male is not aggressive. Elliots are the first of the pheasants to lay in the Spring, sometime in the middle to late March. Egg clutch is 6-8 eggs with incubation 25 days. Elliots are very hardy and can withstand cold winters.
Temminick's Tragopan Pheasant
The Temminick's Tragopan Pheasant is the most common of the several species of Tragopan Pheasants and the most raised in captivity. They are beautiful birds that are well established and commonly found in the wild from Burma through Southeastern Tibet. They are forest birds living at high altitudes. The hens will lay in elevated tree nests, therefore elevated nests are best used in cabtivity as well. They are very used to cool temperatures and need shelter or foliage in the Summer heat. The males mating ritual is second to none among the pheasant specials. It is fascinating to observe. Temminick's do not mature until their second year at which time fertility is also found. They are best kept in pairs as they are known to be monogamous. Egg clutch is 7-8 eggs and incubation time is 28 days. Temminick's Tragopans are some of the friendliest of all the pheasants. They love treats of nuts and grapes as well as greens. The hens are very broody and will make great mothers. The males will often help with incubation as well. Of all the breeds of pheasants we have ever raised, Tragopans are by far our favorites. They provide us with hours of enjoyment.