Finding the best pheasant feeder will add to your ability to safely, appropriately feed your pets. Pheasants love seeds, insects, and fruit, and can be fed from a feeder that allows them to access any type of food you choose. As ground feeders, these unique and beautiful birds tend to flock to one feeding area, preferring to return to it time and again.
Top Pheasant Feeders
1) Wise Cage Poultry Feeder
A great feeder for pheasants of all sizes, this unit gives you easy access to check feed levels or refill whenever needed. Holds up to 10 pounds and includes a hood to keep water and moisture out of feed.
2) Wise Mountable Poultry Feeder
Excellent for feeding pheasants, this unit has an adjustable feed level and includes mounts for wooden fence posts or walls. Great for both outdoor and indoor use.
3) Saturn 15 Poultry Feeder
Holding up to 15 pounds of feed, this unit is great for individuals who have multiple pheasants and need to feed many birds at once. It can be hung or placed wherever you wish to let birds feed. Includes a base that lets you adjust 3 flow levels for feeding.
4) Peck-o-Matic Pheasant Feeder
Including a one feeder funnel and trigger rod, this unit also has a one catch dish locking mechanism as well as a one pail hanger. Great for feeding pheasants any kind of food that they prefer. Prevents spillage as well.
5) Premier Ascot Feeder
Great for multiple birds, this unit uses a feed saving grill to keep feed from getting out and spilling. Also has a rain hat sold separately for prevention from moisture. With a metal handle, you can hang this feeder anywhere you like. Includes an indoor lid and four push fit legs for elevation.
Pheasant Feeder Selection Tips
When choosing a pheasant feeder, it’s important to select a unit that will work for the birds you currently own. Ring necked pheasants tend to eat grains from farms as well as seeds, and will also eat insects, nuts, fruits, roots, leaves, and grasses. They tend to eat the same thing in summer and spring, though they sometimes eat small animal prey as well during this period.
As part of choosing a pheasant feeder, make sure to select a unit that will be easy to clean, fill, and maintain. If you’re providing for multiple birds at the same time, it’s important to select a feeder that holds plenty of seed while dispensing only what the pheasants need during one feeding. Most pheasant feeders have a standing or hanging design that allows birds to access seed from the closest perch or area that they can easily get to. Since pheasants tend to spend a great deal of time on the ground, a feeder that is easy for them to access is important.
Pheasant Feeder Sizes
Pheasant feeder sizes tend to range from about 8-9 inches wide and a few inches tall. Feeders are typically ground or wall mounted, letting you easily refill and keep them safe from moisture and water collection. Some come with a rain cover to prevent water from getting to the seed inside and keep the feed dry and secure.
Pheasant Feeder Prices
Prices for pheasant feeders generally range from $30 for lower end models to more than $100 for larger models that supply multiple birds with food. On average, the cost of pheasant feeders can be around $50 for a feeder that will supply birds with plenty of feed at a time.
Pheasant Feeder Plans
To build a pheasant feeder, it’s best to find the right plan online. You can generally obtain a good plan that will allow you to build a unit that is safe for your pets as well as clean and spill-preventing.
Finding the best plan will depend on how many pheasants you own and need to supply. For just one or two pheasants, you can get by with a single bird feeder plan. For larger groups of birds, feeders that allow more birds to feed at once are a great choice — many hosting as many as 60 at once.
You will find plans that use plastic, wood, and in some cases, metal as part of the design for the feeder. Your plan will also need glue, wire and other components to secure the unit together.
Building Your Own Pheasant Feeder
To build the feeder, make sure you’ve selected the best unit for your needs. The plan itself will require a number of important considerations, including where you plan to place it (such as mounted to the all, to a fence post, or to another area), as well as how large it will be. When you’ve determined which plan will work best, you can start obtaining components from a local hardware store or online.
Once you’ve gathered appropriate amounts of wood, metal, and wire, you can assemble each section after cutting them down to size. Make sure your feeder is adequately secure so that you don’t risk any components or sections coming loose. When fully assembled, test out the location of your feeder by placing it where your pheasants typically go to eat.
Pheasants tend to eat insects such as ants, crickets, caterpillars, earthworms, and grasshoppers, among others. They also enjoy wild fruits, roots, leaves, grasses, and nuts as well as seeds and grain. Pheasants have been known to use their bills to extract food from ground areas. When feeding pheasants, seeds and fruit may comprise the majority of your birds’ diet.
Pheasant Feeding Tips
Pheasants tend to nest in an area that is usually lined very sparsely. Some females will gather twigs and feathers, as well as grass and leaves, to line the nest. When creating an area for pheasants to feed, try to make their nesting and housing area as pleasant as possible. They like to nest on the ground, so you can place the feeder somewhere nearby for easy access to food. Additionally, pheasants love to scratch the ground and sweep dust into their feathers as a way of removing parasites and oil. You may find your birds engaging in this behavior. To make their food area appealing, a dust zone is actually a good idea.