Right now is the peak time for pheasant chicks to be hatching: early to mid June. Mild weather is key to the survival of the new chicks along with nesting cover. Nesting cover is the single most limiting factor for pheasant populations. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) provides large areas of grassland, which pheasant hens use for cover from predators and the grasses provide abundant insects for food. Insects make up 90% of the chicks food their first week and 50% of their diet during the first 5 weeks. To find out more about pheasant life cycles, click to check out Phesants Forever's website.
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