Melanistic Mutant Pheasant

fancy pants 

Genetic mutation

The Melanistic Mutant Pheasant is a variety of the Common Pheasantthat was developed in England over 100 years ago. Although these birds don’t have a truly native range, they have become solid members of forest ecosystems, and temperate woodlands. melanistic mutant is a pure breed.

These large, beautiful pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage.
 Male Mutant pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage that displays blue, purple, rust, and green sheen effects in the sunlight. While the females are less colorful, and smaller in size, but have a depth of lacing like other hen species. Beyond their dark and exotic coloration, Melanistic Mutant pheasants differ from their Ring-Necked originators in their survival abilities. They are known with having a phenomenal ability to survive and breed when released into the wild.
     The female Melanistic Mutant pheasant lays small eggs, up to 50 – 60 eggs throughout the spring and summer seasons. The incubation period is 24 – 25 days. Young Mutant pheasants start to get their adult coloration around 20 weeks of age.
Pheasants were an new additions to the farm in 2020. They ended up being a delight to keep. The eggs are quite beautiful and they seem to lay quite a bit more than what is expected. The eggs are always fertile and easy to hatch. The birds grow strong. The pheasants thrive well on very little feed and are easy to keep. They keep the straw or ground well tilled, so it stays dry.  If you choose to pen the birds, you will need a net over head. The birds can fly very well.
 If you would like to establish a wild pheasant population on your property, the Melanistic Mutant Pheasant is a very pouplar pheasant breed for you to consider. 
Melanistic Mutant Pheasants have a relatively high survival rate when released.

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