Do Pheasants Sit on Their Eggs? (Answered)

by Chukay Alex
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Breeding and raising pheasants can be a lot of fun.

When you breed your animals, you gain a great deal of satisfaction and can add new animals to your home or farm.

The Pheasant, on the other hand, is a different species from chickens and other poultry.

Every spring or summer they lay a few dozen eggs.

Female pheasants will lay eggs every day during the breeding season.

Feathered pheasants incubate their eggs for around 30 days after laying them all.

They do this by sitting on their eggs and their emergence varies from time to time.

When pheasants breed in spring and summer, they lay an average of 40-60 eggs.

Many of these eggs will hatch if fertilized with care.

To help your pheasants hatch, you can build an artificial incubator.

Why do pheasants sit on their eggs?

Do Pheasants Sit on Their Eggs

A broody pheasant is anxious for its eggs to hatch. She’ll spend the entire day sitting on top of her eggs (and those she’s stolen) in an attempt to hatch them.

It’s a combination of hormones, instinct, and maturity that causes a hen to go broody, and there is no exact science to it.

Rather than having all her eggs in one basket, this allows the female to spread her genes throughout the population.

Due to the incubation period of 23-28 days for pheasants’ eggs, this egg would hatch at the same time as or even before that of the mallard eggs.

Related: Here is an article I wrote on rearing pheasants and what they are good for

Do female pheasants sit on their eggs?

The female pheasant will lie on their eggs and incubate them for about 30 days after they have laid all of their eggs.

They’ll hatch sooner or later depending on the circumstances.

You can build an artificial incubator to help your pheasants hatch their eggs if they aren’t sitting on them.

Where do wild pheasants lay their eggs?

The female builds her nest in a tiny dip on the ground, usually under a hedge or in tall grass.

The male frequently travels with many females and will battle viciously to defend his territory and harem against intruding males.

The eggs, which measure 45 mm by 36 mm and are olive, were smooth and non-glossy.

Common pheasants build their nests in scrapes on the ground, lined with grass and leaves, and often under dense cover or a hedge.

They roost in sheltered trees at night and occasionally nest in a haystack or an old nest left by other birds.

How long can a pheasant leave her eggs?

Anywhere from 2 to 22 eggs can be found in a clutch, however, the greatest clutches are frequently the consequence of two birds nesting in the same place at once.

Even though they can feed themselves shortly after hatching, the chicks are still dependent on their mother for up to 80 days before they can feed themselves.

Do male pheasants sit on their eggs?

The male will defend his territory and harem from intruder males in severe fights, and will typically accompany many females.

The eggs, which measure 45 mm by 36 mm, are olive-brown and silky. It is the female who incubates the eggs and cares for the young.

Also check out this article I wrote on why some pheasants eat their eggs

How many eggs does a pheasant lay?

A typical clutch can range from 2 to 22 eggs, with the greatest clutches being the result of two hens sharing the same nest.

Soon after hatching, the chicks can feed themselves, although they will remain with their mother for up to 80 days until becoming self-sufficient.

How often do pheasant hens lay eggs?

Insects, seeds, and leaves are just a few of the stuff they eat. During the spring mating season, roosters usually have a harem of many females. Hen pheasants lay their eggs on the ground and lay a clutch of roughly twelve eggs over two to three weeks between April and June.


For the chick to mature and hatch, pheasants will sit on eggs for about 21 days.

If they can cover that many eggs and provide enough warmth, they will sit on up to 12 eggs.

The pheasant needs a break now and then, so don’t be shocked if they pop their clutch.

Be careful that some hens will never become broodies and will never lay eggs.

A small percentage of pheasants are prone to abandoning their eggs midstream and killing their young.

Stay close by in case of need, but try to put your trust in the pheasant.

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Chukay Alex

Chukay is a season writer and farmer who enjoys farming and growing plants in his backyard farm. When he is not farming you can find him at the nearest lawn tennis court, hitting a mean backhand down the line.


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