The ring-necked pheasant, Phasianus colchicus, is the most economically important sporting bird in the UK. Originating from south-east Asia, pheasants have been common in the UK since the 15th century. While pheasants will successfully breed in the wild in the UK and establish wild populations, the majority of pheasants seen in the countryside have been reared and released the previous summer. Pheasants are usually hatched and reared in flocks using incubators and artificially heated brooder houses. Careful husbandry is crucial for maintaining healthy birds, with disease and feather pecking the primary concerns. At 6-7 weeks of age, pheasant poults are released into large open pens in woodland from where they disperse over the following weeks. Supplemental feeding and predation control are crucial at this time of the year. Pheasants are also an important sporting bird in North America where both wild and reared birds are hunted. Pheasants Forever can provide further information on pheasant hunting and conservation in the United States and Canada.
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