Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Pheasant Facts

Pheasant Facts

Pheasant In CRP
  • Roosters will range in weight from 3.5 to 4 lbs (1.6 to 1.8 kg)
  • Hens will range in weight from 2 to 2.5 lbs (.9 to 1.1 kg)
  • The insulating effect of habitat moderates windchills, thus providing a warmer and less energy-demanding microclimate for pheasants (and other wildlife)
  • Birds, like dogs and cows, do not sweat to air-condition their body, they must pant (rapid inhaling and exhaling) to remove excess body heat
  • Through most of the growing season, pheasants can survive on the moisture they consume in insects and the morning dew on vegetation
  • Male pheasants are called 'Roosters' or 'Cocks' and females are called 'Hens'
  • A typical rooster accumulates a harem of three to seven hens
  • After hatching, pheasant chicks immediately begin growing flight feathers, and are capable of short flights at 2 weeks
  • Pheasants do not migrate, they stay relatively local all year long
  • On flat ground, a ringneck pheasant can run at speeds of 8-10mph
  • Pheasants can fly up to 48mph
  • During egg laying, the hen seeks out calcium and protein. Her diet will contain 10 times more calcium than the rooster's diet
  • The average length of a hen is about 20" (50.8 cm) where the average length of a rooster is approximately 36" (91.4 cm)
  • Pheasants main predators include: Fox, Raccoon and Skunk (as chicks) and Man, Fox, Hawks and Owls
  • Pheasants, a native to China, were brought across the Pacific in 1881 by Judge Owen Nickerson Denny in an inital batch of 30 (with 26 surviving the journey)
  • Pheasants eat berries, seeds, young shoots and insects and prefer open country with brushy cover
  • Through most of the growing season, pheasants can survive on the moisture they consume in insects and the morning dew on vegetation
  • During the summer, insects comprise considerably more of the chick's diet and weed seeds more of the adult's diet
  • Hens will make from one to four attempts at nesting during the spring nesting season
  • Pheasants are in the Phasianidae family and are cousins of Quail and Partridge
  • The spring ratio of hens to roosters is usually about 3:1
  • 30% annual survival rate and only 2-3% of population lives to age 3, whether they're hunted or not
  • Pheasants, a native to China, were brought across the Pacific in 1881 by Judge Owen Nickerson Denny in an inital batch of 30 (with 26 surviving the journey)
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