Tips for Hatching Pheasant Eggs
The best time for hatching pheasant eggs is in the summer season where temperatures start to rise and constant warm weather is predicted.
These are some basic tips that you can refer to for a reasonably successful outcome in your endeavors; some eggs may be infertile so you won’t attain a 100 percent return.
Pheasant eggs may be hatched by a broody hen, which is the most natural and easy way as it is nature’s way; it gives better hatching results than by force air incubators, some of which are more efficient than others. Still air machines also give good results but they need time consuming attention and labor, more than force air incubators. If you do not want to go back to nature via the broody hen, you will need an incubator, preferably with an automatic device for egg turning.
The incubation period for pheasants’ eggs, using an incubator, is between 24-25 days depending on the temperature and humidity used.
Always follow manufacturer’s guidelines, about which temperature you need to use. A rough guide is for 98 degrees F/ 37 Celsius.
Humidity needs to be high, and temperature around 34 degrees Celsius when hatching ends, and around 30.5C for the first 21 days. High humidity at hatching ensures that the chick can break the shell, otherwise it might be too hard for it. If this should happen for one reason or another, you will have to play midwife and help break the shell. Do this, if after some hours of making a hole, the chick has made no progress. You can put in automatic misting sprays to increase humidity.
Eggs have to be turned frequently, even at night time; some incubators have an automatic device to turn the eggs each and every hour. This is very important, as otherwise the embryo chick will stick to the eggshell. Stop turning the eggs after the 23rd day.
Candle each egg with a very bright light to note the embroy’s development; if after 10 days you see no progress, than that egg is probably infertile and it is better to remove it to avoid any dangers of infection.
A clean incubator is a must as this reduces the risk of incubation diseases; wash every part of the incubator thoroughly before and after each batch of eggs. Some sites recommend using formaldehyde gas to fumigate the incubator and even the eggs. This gas has some adverse effects on health so you must be very careful how to use it. Just washing the eggs gently, if the shells are dirty, should be enough.
Pheasants are beautiful birds; the male boasts colorful plumage to attract the more drab female birds. The sexes can be told apart, even at a tender age by the color of their eyes; females have brown eyes and males blue ones. They are mostly silent birds except when courting and the length and color of the males’ tails are a sight to see; the Golden Pheasant even wears a crown of golden feathers.