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Ring-necked Pheasant

A ring-necked pheasant as spotted by Premier’s photographer on the way to work. Raising game birds can be an enjoyable hobby or a means of establishing (or increasing) the local population.

Raising Game Birds
Whether it’s a hobby or a small business,
Premier can equip you to raise a healthy flock.
Rearing game birds requires special attention. You must be willing to devote extra time to the intensive care they require.
We asked our in-house game bird experts what they wish they had known when they started raising birds—specifically about how rearing game birds differs from chickens:
  • Bird species vary in their habitat requirements. As an example, quail are adversely affected by excess moisture. So keep them very dry!
  • As with chicks, heat is important. However, newborn quail and pheasant are even more sensitive to temperature changes. A consistent temperature must be maintained.
  • Many game bird species mature quickly—so feed a starter with higher protein (26-28%) than you would normally feed chickens for the first two weeks.
  • Don’t mix age groups until they are fully grown.
Good management practices will take most of the guesswork out of a bird farming operation, whatever its size or purpose. To that end, the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California has published an excellent guide about game bird farming.
Helpful Tools for Game Bird Care
GameCrate™ Transport Box
GameCrate™ Transport Box
Versatile transport crate carries birds such as pigeons, chukkar, ducks, pheasants and quail. Easy open doors and much heavier plastic than other transport crates on the market. Solid floor; birds can’t stick their feet through the bottom.
Ideal for transporting small game birds from the farm to the field-trial. Top and side doors offer convenient loading or unloading. Holds up to 30 quail. Solid floor. Pre-assembled.
Poultry Crate
Poultry Crate
For transporting birds. Designed for chickens, though grown pheasants and ducks are large enough to avoid poking through the slotted floors.
Ez CatchNet
Originally designed to catch stubborn lambs and goat kids, this strong, aluminum lightweight net can also be used to catch “high-speed” birds.
King Feeder
King Feeder
High capacity feeder for large flocks of poultry or waterfowl. Use coarse feeds for consistent flow in humid climates. Optional feed-saving grill and rain hat for outdoor use are available.
Quick Clean Bucket Waterer
Quick Clean Bucket Waterer
For watering all types of poultry. Top fill design is easy to use. Optional legs raise waterer above the ground (5") to prevent soiling.
No-Mess Automatic Poultry Drinker
No-Mess Automatic Poultry Drinker
Free-standing automatic drinker that keeps water fresh and clean(er) by keeping out most ducks, geese, chickens, turkeys and pigeons.
Brinsea Incubator
Brinsea Ovation 56 Advance EX Egg Incubator – $559
This 56 (hen) egg incubator features automatic turning, humidity control, external water fill, and digital readouts for internal and room temp. Also see our smaller capacity Brinsea Maxi II EX Egg Incubator.
Starter Kits for Game Birds from $107.20
Basic brooder kits contain the essential items to get your flock off to a good start and simplifies your purchasing decision. Choose from heat lamp or heat plate options.
Prima Heat Lamp
Prima Heat Lamp – $38
Rugged and reliable heat lamp is ideal for brooding game birds. Quail, partridge, and wild turkeys seem to require slightly higher brooding temperatures than pheasants.
Heated Poultry Waterer
New Design Coming Soon!
Heated Poultry Waterer
Available Late November 2018

We’ve listened to your feedback and have introduced several improvements over the previous version:

  • Larger capacity (3 gal)
  • Secure, interlocking lid
  • Heavy-duty handle for carrying and hanging
  • Detachable cord for non-winter use
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