Turkish Journal of Veterinary & Animal Sciences




In this study, the egg production and hatchability characteristics of pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) mated in cages and as a free flock in closed pens were investigated. For this purpose 6 males and 30 females in a ratio of 1 male to 5 females were mated in cages and 4 males and 20 females were mated as a free flock in closed pens. The egg production (%), damaged egg rate, mortality rate, fertility, hatchability and hatchability of fertile eggs were determined as 32.84 and 19.38%, 28.63 and 36.34%, 26.67 and 30.00%, 61.09 and 47.27%, 49.55 and 29.46% and 54.36 and 41.54%, respectively. The differences in egg production (%), damaged egg rate, mortality rate, fertility and hatchability of the total number of eggs in the groups were significant (P < 0.01). The hatchability levels of fertile eggs were different and statistically significant (P < 0.05). In conclusion, pheasant breeding in closed areas is not appropriate. The optimum closed area needed must be investigated. The hatching conditions of pheasant eggs should also be carefully controlled.


Pheasant, breeding, production characteristics.

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