Game birds (not that kind). Any ideas?

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One for you shooting/hunting types.

Got this bad boy nesting in my garden. It's obviously a pheasant but does anyone have any more info on the type. It seems to have a bit of a limp so i've been putting out some seeds for it to scoff on. I'll try get a better picture if neccessary but it doesn't seem to like me getting to close... Not the first bird to shy away!
 

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There are dozens of pheasant species, quite a few have been released in UK as game or ornamental birds. That one might be a "black" pheasant, which is apparently a sort of hybrid or variation of the usual brown ones. Where i live there are some startlingly gold-coloured pheasants. I assume these have legged it from an aviary or stately home collection.
 

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#3
Could be a Michigan Blue cross, taste nice come October.
 
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Its whats called a melanistic pheasant .Originally from Japan IIRC .Many shoots have them because of their unusual looks but they have a tendency to wander off , so many keepers won't have them.
 

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#5
A tendency to wander off, that just about describes pheasants full stop, you spend months looking after them and then months looking for them!
 
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A tendency to wander off, that just about describes pheasants full stop, you spend months looking after them and then months looking for them!
English blacknecks tend not to wander too much , and fly like missiles .
 
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A tendency to wander off, that just about describes pheasants full stop, you spend months looking after them and then months looking for them!
Darwinian (shotgun) selection is probably reinforcing a genetic tendency for pheasants to E&E as autumn approaches...
 

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English blacknecks tend not to wander too much , and fly like missiles .
I'll look out for those, our usual strain of ringnecks E&E like Hereford hooligans but I've been told that the Michigans will stick in our wooded shoot more!
 
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I'll look out for those, our usual strain of ringnecks E&E like Hereford hooligans but I've been told that the Michigans will stick in our wooded shoot more!
Agreed. Michigans are fairly well behaved .The blackneck is slightly darker than the norm and lacks the distinctive white band round the neck .
 
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Its whats called a melanistic pheasant .Originally from Japan IIRC .Many shoots have them because of their unusual looks but they have a tendency to wander off , so many keepers won't have them.
Much obliged amigo. Now more importantly, when can i introduce him to Mr Oven?

Oh, I've decided to name him Pluck!
 
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We got two white ones in with ours last year, not albinos but pure white. Amazingly they both survived the season, I didn't think they would cos they dont half stand out!!
 

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Usually there is a fine for bagging the all white or black bird. Most keepers put it in the shoot funds but one I know pocketed it and from a mate too the ****!
 
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Yep there was a £50 quid fine for anyone shooting the whites but I would have thought a predator would have had them.
 

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We had Guinea fowl on one shoot, one per pen to help encourage the pheasants to roost. Silly fecker wouldnt roost when the dogs got in the pen though and was pegged. The shoot manager used to swear at the guns that he was having that bird for christmas dinner and no one else was to shoot it. Dumb **** didnt know he was breaking the law as its illegal to release them and a pen without a roof counts as release.
 
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I used to help out at one of the big shoots (40-50k birds released every year) and they used to have guinea fowl, poor buggers never made it past beaters day,
 
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Yep a chance for the guns to repay all the piss taking they've put up with all season lol
 
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Much obliged amigo. Now more importantly, when can i introduce him to Mr Oven?

Oh, I've decided to name him Pluck!
Old poachers trick: Empty a can of coca cola / pepsi etc and punch a small hole below the top rim through the side and the top. Thread a couple of feet of string through this - or thin wire - so you can attach the can to a stake or low branch. Enlarge the ring pull hole by pushing it inwards so he can get his head into the can, but don't make it too large a hole. Stick a handful of raisins in the can and leave it on the ground where he will find it. Check it after dark when he should have roosted (but hopefully will be still on the ground wearing the can) and again just after dawn (ditto). Pheasants LOVE raisins and he will stick his head into the can to get every last one and then find that his neck feathers will prevent him from getting his head out again. Usually they just sit there looking ridiculous until you arrive and administer the CDG. Hope you get there before Reynard.
 

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#19
Thats a new poachers trick, an old poachers trick would be to bait fish hooks with raisins or soak raisins in alcohol!
 
#20
There was an old poachers trick to do with horse hair as well but I cant remember it.
 
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