Species English name: Silver Pheasant
CITES Status: not listed
Distribution: Southwestern China, Cambodia, eastern Burma, southern Vietnam, southeastern Thailand, northern Laos, and Hainan
(from A Monograph of Pheasants Volumes I, II, III & IV, William Beebe)
• Male - White with black barring, black neck, throat, & belly, black crest, red wattles, yellowish-grey beak, and pinkish legs
• Female - Brown with brownish-grey barring, lighter greyish-brown neck, throat, & belly, darker brown crest, red wattles, yellowish-ivory beak, pinkish legs
• We feed our breeders and young adults 16% layer pellets, our tiny chicks 25% Turkey Starter crumble, and our growing chicks 20% crumble.
• They get a handful of mixed grains every second day except during breeding season, fresh greens (lettuce, chickweed, dandelions, grass) and fruits (tomato, grapes, berries, etc.) when available.
• Done in pairs or trios.
• Silvers are first year birds. Males do not reach adult plumage until their second year, but they are fertile in their first year.
• They start laying eggs in March and will lay every second day until they lay approximately 20+ eggs.
• They lay a medium sized pinkish-cream egg.
• Eggs are collected twice a day and marked with the date and breeding pen number and set daily.
• Eggs are set in an automatic turning Lyons Roll-X (RX2) with grid 89.
• Temperature 99.8°F, humidity-wet bulb 82 with humidity adjusted periodically depending on development of the air space shown by candling
• On the final day of incubation, each egg is placed in its own oval wire mesh hatching basket (6" x 3" x 3") and set in the Sportsman Rattite hatcher.
• Incubation for Silvers is 25 days.
• After the chick hatches, it stays in the hatcher for a minimum of 8 hours.
• Chicks are golden-brown with black lines and buff underparts
• They start out in our round 18" brooder pen with a mixed assortment of chicks. After a few days they are separated into a 2' x 4' baby pen for about a week. They are then transferred to a Swinhoe-Edwards-Silver 2' x 6' pen for the next 7-9 weeks. They stay with this grouping until they go outside. All of these brooding pens have wire bottoms with a heat lamp at one end and feed & water at the other end. The heat lamp is attached to a dimmer switch so we can turn down the amount of heat as the chicks get older until it is turned off completely.
• After they are off of the heat for a few weeks, they are moved outside to the pheasant house (has outside grassy pens and a heated inside house part where they are blocked in for the night). At this point they are separated into an all Silver pen. After they are toughened up, they are moved to an outside chick pen.
• Chicks are very easy to raise together with their own kind.
• 25' long x 10' wide x 6' high with a 4' x 4' x 4' house in the middle.
• Pens are covered with 2" diamond top-rite.
• Pens contain grass, which needs to be mowed every few weeks to a month because they aren't very hardy grass eaters.
• See Scintillating Copper Article for predator proofing set-up
• Are calm and showy birds. The females are avid dusters and like to make well formed deep nests. The males love to display for any one that will watch them and look quite impressive when they are strutting around or beating their wings and flaring their wattles. They are easy to tame down and are a nice hardy bird.
Article By Krissy & Donna Bush