Nebraska Game and Parks Commission



Date of this Version

January 1970


Published by Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.


To raise pheasants, you will need about five square feet per bird in a covered pen. A 25-foot square will handle 125 chicks. However, the bigger the yard, the better, since these are wild birds and nervous. Overcrowding leads to feather-picking and cannibalism. It is important that the ground be clean to cut down disease and that there have been no chickens on it for at least two years.

Pheasant chicks need fresh air, sunshine, and lots of exercise to grow rapidly and develop into strong, vigorous birds that can survive .in the wild. Remember, you will be turning them out to scratch for themselves at the tender age of seven or eight weeks.