June 7, 2016 by janem213
There are many breeds of ornamental pheasants, Golden Pheasants are fairly well known. Silver ones less so. I was wanting to hatch some spectacular Lady Amherst’s pheasants but the eggs were to expensive and decided to do these for now. I hatched some Lady Amherst’s for Paul last year but when I tried to hatch some for myself had no joy. The breeder said he’d let me have some eggs for free so it’s been a case of seeing when he’s able to send them and when I can get some other Lady A eggs from elsewhere to hatch at the same time…. but back to the Silver pheasants. (Google for photos of adult birds as I can’t use someone else’s photos and only have the young chicks!)
I got 2 lots of eggs, 12 (but 1 broken) and 10. At lockdown 7/11 and 9/10 looked good but only 1/7 and 6/9 hatched giving 7 chicks.
It’s funny how a hatch goes. That’s only 1 out of 11 eggs (9%) but 6 out of the 10 (60%). Even if the journey had affected them to have 1/7 and 6/9 over the last 3+ days of incubation suggests to me a difference in the quality of the eggs rather than anything else.
They’ve now gone to Paul who.is delighted with them : )
Here are some photos:
3 and 4 days old
21 eggs in the incy 27 April.
16 eggs good at lockdown.
24-25 May 7 hatched.