Rooster and Hen Pheasant

Today’s Tip:  Pheasant Hunting

Hay mowers destroy many pheasant nests, and predators, particularly skunks, raccoons and snakes, eat a large number of the eggs. House cats, foxes and hawks take many of the chicks. If the nest is destroyed or raided and the hen is not killed, she will usually nest again. If the second nest fails, she may try a third. But the number of eggs decreases each time. The eggs hatch in early summer, and the hen stays with her brood for 2 to 3 months, until the birds approach full size. By the time hunting season starts, most roosters have fully colored plumage, unless they were hatched very late in the season.