how mature should a chinese pheasent be to turn them loose into wilderness? I have 5 dozen to let go.
Hello,Most wildlife biologists recommend releasing between 8 and 18 weeks of age. The younger birds will suffer higher death rates right after release than they will if you wait a bit longer. However, it is much less expensive to release at 8 weeks than it is to continue feeding for a longer time. The New York DNR has put together guidelines for raising and releasing pheasant chicks. The information will be useful no matter what state you live in. You may want to take a look at it:https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:kl25w42EEF8J: www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/dayoldchicks.pdf+&hl=en&gl=us&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShLWDYR9qan4_Xm1o91gA1rSS33LmhvnIPT_tHuqNsAMA_Qrc9ycLqKlSyDO26CGKdmjjIZ2dl_6tgb3dAqzdpgSGRmrSQmOKRacaT9Pt9c9bCdE3KOkOLKLJumzdPy_xDss3Qz&sig=AHIEtbTL2CjuJmytT-m7xent6D8fG_xqjQ&pli=1If you need anything else, let me know by clicking on REPLY. I hope your release goes well.Anna
Have owned and/or raised parakeets, finches, cockatiels, and poultry over a period of thirty years.