|My Beautiful Red Goldens
& Lady Amherst Pheasants
Located in Central Pennsylvania
|This is one of my pens, I built it out of old barn boards for a rustic look.
Then I put horns, antique tools & old horse shoes on the front to dress it up
It is 16 feet wide and 40 feet long. I put a divider in the middle so I could
separate the birds. I have roosts inside so they can fly up
and get out of the wind and cold weather.
I have additional pens that are similar to this, but are not pictured.
I use heated water bowls in the winter time to keep the water from freezing.
I kept the pens up off the ground because I didn't want to give rats and
mice some place to hide. I have a few cats that like to lay under there,
so far they have been doing a good job.
|This is a 8X10 pen that I made from a dog kennel, I found it in a bargin
sheet for $50. I added some 2X4's, some wire and a roof . I will enclose
part of it so the birds have a nice shelter. I put some young birds in it
temporarily until I could finest another pen for them. Picture on the Right
is pen after I finish it.
|I built this pen out of old barn boards, also.
I have heat lamps in it for the young birds just in case it gets to cold at night.
After they get older, I will move them to the
pen located in the rear..
|Some young Red Golden
|This Golden male is around 4 month old
|Lady Amherst male, almost 1 1/2 years old
|Young Golden's around a
|I like to put lots of logs and places where the hens can hide.
Sometimes the males can get very aggressive during mating
|It important to have have the pens as natural as possible. My
birds like to get under the logs and dust themselves. If its hot
outside it gives them a place to get out of the sun. To keep your
birds healthy always keep clean water in the pens at all times.
|These birds are very beautiful even before they
get their adult feathers
|Remember, these birds are thick-forest birds that spend most of their life on the ground. So your pens should reflect the type of environment they like.
During mating season, it's very important that the hens have some place to hide and rest, away from the cock. (This is a very intense time of the year for
these birds.) If you don't have materials like you see in my pens, there are others things that will work just as well. Such as corn stalks, cement blocks
with board laid over them, or I've seen some people put old Christmas trees in their pens. It doesn't have to look pretty. It's there to protect the hens
from the cock being too aggressive toward them.
In the wild they will mate, then the hen can run away and hide until she wants to mate again. In a enclosed pen she has no where to go if the pen is all
open. I've seen hens get hurt because they had no where to hide. Problems can be avoided if you have the right pen set up.
You will notice also in my pens, I have boards between the pens. They keep the cocks from running the wire all day trying to fight or get at each others
hens. Sometimes a hen will like the cock in the next pen better then she likes the cocks she is in with. That will lead to trouble, as her cock tries to drive
her away from the fence. It's always best to have something up so they can't run the fence. If you only have one pen, then something like that isn't
necessary. But don't forget the cover for your hens to get under. For some reason, I've never seen a cock go under the branches over the logs.
Once the hens are under there they leave them alone.
You'll notice that you don't see any hens in the left picture, they are under the pine limbs. You can see the two cocks eyeing each other on top of the logs.
In the right picture you'll see a hen sitting on the log, she's checking out the other pens to see what going on; they are a very nosey birds.
I always like to put a perch high enough so they can see over into the other pens, that seems to satisfy their curiosity.
|These are young Golden's cocks, this picture was taken in April. Around July into August they will molt into their
beautiful adult feathers. Over the winter its common for them to break their tail feather off especially if there was a lot
of freezing rain. The tail feathers will get ice on them, then if another birds steps on his tail, the feathers will break
like you see in the picture. Usually this doesn't happen if you only have two or three birds in one pen.
|Young cocks getting their adult
|Pretty young hen
|This is a beautiful example of a pure bred
Amherst in its native country China
|Another example of a Amherst in its native