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Pheasants are very beautiful birds that you can admire endlessly. Increasingly, they are started on poultry farms and their own backyards. Pheasants are bred for various purposes, the main of which should be called the sale of meat, eggs and feathers. Also, birds delight the eye with their colorful plumage. Their presence will beautify any household. The main thing is to know the peculiarities of breeding birds and caring for them .
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BREED DETAILS- Lady Amherst Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae) 
DESCRIPTIONThe adult male has dark bluish-green mantle, back, scapulars and breast with black scales. The upper tail-coverts are black-and-white, mixed with orange and red. The longer feathers show long, pointed orange tips. The rump is buffy-yellow and barred bluish-green. The long, arched, pointed tail is white with black bars and vermiculation's. Throat and fore neck are blackish. The belly is white whereas vent and under tail-coverts are white barred black. On  the head, face, chin and forecrown are dark bluish-green. On the hind crown, there is a bright red crest ending to a point on the nape. A superb black-scaled neck-ruff adds an indisputable touch of class to the bird’s appearance. The bill is pale bluish-grey. The eyes are white, surrounded by broad, bare, pale blue eyeing.We can see a small yellowish wattle under the eye. Legs and feet are pale blue, with spurs in male. The female has rich rufous-brown plumage, heavily barred black overall. The underparts are usually paler than upperparts. On the head, the crown is more reddish, but the nape is dark grey. The tail is similar in colour to body plumage, but it is much shorter than in male. The eyes are brown with dull grey eyering.The immature resembles female but it is paler and barring is less conspicuous. The young male starts to get the adult plumage from the first autumn.REPRODUCTION: The laying starts at mid-April and the male is territorial as soon as mid-March.
The nest of the Lady Amherst’s Pheasant is on the ground, usually under bush or dead branches. This is a round, shallow depression lined with dead leaves.  The hen lays 6-12 creamy-buff eggs. She incubates alone during 24 days. The chicks are precocial and leave the nest very soon. They are able to feed themselves, following the female which leads them to food sources and does not back to the nest again. The chicks are covered in fulvous-brown down with paler bands above, and buffy-white below.DIET: The Lady Amherst’s Pheasant feeds usually on the ground, taking spiders and small Coleopterans. It also takes plant matter such as fern fronds, but its preferred food is mainly bamboo sprouts. It may consume seeds, roots and berries too. Male: L: 130-173 cm including the tail: 83-115 cm - Weight: 675-850 g Female: L: 66-68 cm – Weight: 624-800g Wingspan: 70-85 cm
In principle, pheasants are looked after in the same way as chickens. First you need to build and equip a poultry house. It should consist of two territories:
  • Closed room.
  • Outdoor walking area.
  • In a closed house, perches should be established. They are made of wood. The floors are covered with straw or grass, and also sprinkled with sand. Pheasants can walk outside in spring and summer. Almost all breeds are very cold-tolerant, so do not expose birds to the risk of illness. If you have pheasants for breeding, then settle them with families. Each should have one male and three or four females. Birds incubate eggs for up to 40 days. On day 20, it is better to take the eggs and place them in an incubator. The temperature in it should be approximately + 38 ° C, and the humidity should not exceed 80%. If you do not have an incubator, you can donate the eggs to chickens or ducks to incubate. If you keep pheasants solely for decoration, then one male and a female will be enough