Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)
Posted Nov 18, 2014
This pheasant looks like Spock with its winged face feathers tipped up in place like its ears, but I cannot say in my care for them that the male was at all logical like Spock. I mean he knew I or someone else was coming every day to feed them, but I would have to make a mad dash through the back of his pen to get to the next pen and pheasant type I was required to feed so that my legs wouldn't be pecked. Luckily they were usually out in the pen proper versus in the feeding area in the back that was a bit more sheltered. Still, perhaps it sensed my fear after being chased and not defending myself, and so it was bold with me.
Working at a zoo, some may think the zookeepers can treat wild game and other animals as not actually wild, but that's not the case. I'm not sure who would want to get a pheasant as a pet, but I suppose there are hunters down in the South who might consider stocking their hunting grounds with such a pheasant. It would be unwise, however, since it's not native to the U.S., but when did people always do what was wise? If and when any of our pheasants produced eggs, they were collected the same day as we did not have enough space to propagate any one species. We kept everything in pairs, like pre-ark (Noah's ark) flood times. As such, I cannot remember its egg output, nor were we keeping them for meat, so I cannot comment on that front either. They are somewhat entertaining to watch--from a distance.