Pheasant Hatching Eggs

August 8, 2005

Pheasant Hatching Eggs. . .

Pheasant Hatching EggsGamebirds can be a nice addition to the homestead.  You can buy adult pheasants, or the chicks, to get started.

Another way to get into the business of raising pheasans is hatching the pheasant eggs.  Some people think of it as a business, and others consider it the start to a new hobby.   This can be fun or it can be a real bummer, depending on how good you are at understanding the right way to raise pheasants.

First you must feed them the right food,
Second they must be in the right environment.
Third, which includes maintaining the correct temperature.

There are a lot of good incubators available that will do an excellent job of hatching ringneck pheasant eggs. Follow the instructions that came with the incubator you bought, to find the right temperature and humidity settings.  You may need to experiment to see what works best for you in your area however.

Incubator trays are constructed so that pheasant eggs can be positioned with small end down. There are a some incubators that will allow the pheasant eggs to be placed on their sides, which is the ormal hatching position.  There are some breeders who think this increases hatching success.

Ringneck pheasant eggs should be turned at least three times and preferably five times daily. If you have automatic turners, every two hours works well. Temperature readings vary slightly with different types of incubators. Ringneck eggs require from 23 to 24 days to hatch and for the chicks to dry off.

Whatever type of brooder facilities are used, be sure they have been disinfected and dried out.  Dry shavings or straw work well because they provide good footing and absorption.  Don’t use paper because it’s too slippery.  That could result in deformed legs.

The brood area should be sized according to the number of chicks. Day old – 2 weeks .25sq.ft per chick, 3 weeks – 6weeks .75 sq. ft. per chick. Outdoor grow out pens with ground cover should be large enough to provide 15-20 sq. ft. per bird.

Keep the chicks warm.  The easiest thing to use is heat lamps. For every 100 chicks you’re raising, at least one 250-watt infrared bulb.  Make sure to get a bulb with a red end.  That way it isn’t so bright and will help control cannibalism. The bottom of the heat lamp should be about 18 inches from the floor. The temperature at floor level should be 95-100 degrees.

Keep them shielded from drafts the first 5-7 days the pheasants are in the brooder. A circle of cardboard about 14-18 inches high will work fine. A circle with a diameter of 4 feet will be sufficient for 50 chicks (with the heat lamp in the center).

For food, there should be at least one 2 foot long feeder for each 50 chicks and 1 one-gallon waterer for each 75 chicks. Make sure the chicks can’t fall in the trough and drown.  If there is too much space, fill it with marbles to keep them out, but still allow them to get to plenty of water.

Until the chicks are six weeks old they should be fed a 28-30% protein medicated gamebird or turkey starter. The feed should be in crumble form. Never use a chicken feed at any stage of development.

This will give you a good start in pheasant hatching eggs.

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German Shepherd Working Dog

June 23, 2005

One of my best friends has a German Shepherd Working Dog when she was a kid.  I’d love to have one.  They have so many good qualities.  I even like to read stories about them.

german shepherd working dog

The German Shepherd Essential Info breed

As their name suggests, German Shepherds were bred as herding dogs. As such, they were bred to work closely with people and control large moving masses. Dog herds were bred for work and need work, if you do not provide them with it, they will find their own work to do. Also higher order thinking independent at times, these dogs can solve problems with chip.

From their origins as farmers, you can expect these dogs to chase moving objects such as bicycles and cars. They also have a tendency to cover the race children in the same way they PIN on the heels of livestock. This is called the movement stimulated by pinching.

German Shepherds are very intelligent and versatile. They can be trained to be police dogs, guide dogs, guide dogs, guard dogs and so on. They can make wonderful companions. Although very easy to train German shepherds need professional assistance to at least the first two years. They need constant training sessions and daily socialization. Intensive early socialization is needed to offset the problems of shyness and sensitivity noise that is common among all breeds of livestock. It should certainly not reward cowardice or aggression in this breed. Page GSD should be sterilized first.

german-shepherd-dogGerman Shepherds have been a very popular breed for many years has led to problems related to poor breeding and overbreeding. Widespread genetic and temperament problems has left the race overflowing Berger dogs suffering health and behavioral problems, excessive shyness and aggression. German Shepherds often become more attached to their owners which leads to separation anxiety, more protective and fear of new situations.

The average size of a German shepherd is between 22-26 inches and average weight ranges from 65-100 pounds. Some, of course, can get much more than that. Most shepherds are black and tan, but some may be solid black, white or gray. These dog breeds are double sided, such as delivery in profusion. When shedding occurs, usually in spring and autumn, German Shepherds should be brushed daily. Make lasts several weeks, during which the dogs will throw an amazing amount hair.

As already mentioned, these dogs need work and which results in lots of exercise. At least two sessions per day would a minimum requirement. daily training sessions would also strongly recommended.


Due to the high volume of livestock Over the years, the behavior of German shepherds around children and other pets can be quite unpredictable. Some dogs can be fantastic around children and pets and others can be the opposite. Some of these behaviors can be attributed to inherited traits, but Early socialization and training also play an important role.

German Shepherds are prone to a wide range of health problems. Here is short list: hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, spinal degeneration, autoimmune disease, thyroid dysfunction, subaortic stenosis, skin disorders and gastrointestinal problems. poor temperament has become so common that the stability, confidence and calmness Shepherd is a very pleasant surprise.

At best, German shepherds are second to none for their support and dedication. They can be trained to do almost anything what. It’s a sad situation that these good specimens are hard to find with so many unhealthy and unstable dogs there.

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For more information on the german shepherd or a complete list of dog breeds visit this Dog Behaviour website.

 

Top Working Dogs

June 15, 2005

If you wonder what the top working dogs are, here’s an article talking about the top ten… what breeds they are, and what’s good and bad about them.

However, I’d have to say that I wouldn’t call these the top ten working dogs for a farm.  I think the list would be a little different then, because you’d want to include livestock guard dogs and herding dogs in the list.
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Working Australian Cattle Dog

May 14, 2005

A working Australian Cattle Dog is a high energy dog. VERY high energy. We had one for a short time that I got from a friend. However, we didn’t have proper fencing, and we had to send him back because he was roaming around into the neighbor’s yards and trying to play with the kids. But he was so full of energy, he knocked them down and sometimes scratched them.
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Farm Dogs For Sale

January 11, 2005

Every farm needs a good farm dog.  If you’re looking for one, it’s probably a good idea to decide first just what kind of farm dog you want, although you could try a google search of “farm dogs for sale” and see what you come up with.

Decide first what you need the dog to do.  Is it just for companionship?  Or do you want it to act as a livestock guardian dog?  Do you need a dog to herd animals?  Most dog breeds are better at some things than others, so pick one that most closely matches what attributes would be most useful on your farm.

Once you choose your breed, try finding a national organization online for that breed.  Most of them have sections listing breeders, or giving you an idea where to find a dog.  You can also try a rescue dog, but if this is your first dog, I wouldn’t recommend it.  Sometimes it’s a little more difficult to re-train an older dog than start with a puppy.

Good luck with your search!