How to Raise Ringneck Pheasants

By Robert Preston

Raising a brood of Ringneck Pheasants is an enjoyable process, but one that requires care. Loss of pheasants due to drowning, malnourishment or the weather can take a substantial hit out of the profitability of your your pheasant-rearing endeavors.

Step 1

Prepare a floor for your brooding pen with straw litter.

Step 2

Hang your heat lamps, one for every 100 pheasants, from the ceiling 18 inches above floor level.

Step 3

Create a draft shield by forming the cardboard rectangles into a circle with the 12-inch sides on the ground. Hold them in place with packing tape around the outside of the circle.

Step 4

Place a feeder in the draft shield for every 50 pheasants. Place one waterer for every 75 pheasants.

Step 5

Dip the chicks' beaks in water and then place them under the heat lamp when they arrive.

Step 6

Stock the feeders with 30 percent protein game-bird starter.

Step 7

Remove the draft shield after one week.

Step 8

Construct a pen off the door of the brooder. The pen should be fully unclosed with chicken wire to ensure your pheasants don't escape. It should have 1 square foot of floor space for every pheasant being raised.

Step 9

Begin allowing the pheasants to walk outside on warm days when they are 6 weeks old. Open the doors from the brooder to the pen and close them again at night.