Saturday, April 19 2014      07:04 PM     




Pheasant Pen
The Pheasant Project got its own home after many years of raising birds at various locations in the southwest. Thanks to the Jerry Smith family a plot of land was donated to SCWF to build a permanent facility to raise birds for release into the wild. This all started back in the spring of 1999 with the building of a new barn and flight pens.
Over the last nine years various upgrading has been done to the facility. The barn has doubled its size to almost 2000 square feet. The flight pen has tripled in size from 10,000 ft to 30,000 ft.

This gives us the room we need to raise 1500 birds. We get our day- old chicks around the 20th of May each year. The flight pen is set up to resemble the natural habitat in southwest Saskatchewan. At ten weeks of age we start to release the birds into the wild. Over the summer months we sell some birds to help subsidize the operation of the pheasant pen. Anyone interested in purchasing birds for release on their land can contact Ron Button to make arrangements.
Don Grant recently organized a school trip for Morse and Herbert grades 2 and 3 to be bussed to the pheasant pen on May 23rd. The students were able to handle the chicks and were treated to hot dogs and treats after the tour.
This is a growing project so come out and have a look around. We are located 10km south of Swift Current on Lac Pelletier Trail.

Chairman

Ron Button

Kids, Pheasants, and the Wildlife Federation

This story began May 23, 2008, when the Swift Current Wildlife Federation hosted a school field trip to the Pheasant pens south of the city. 29 students from Herbert and Morse schools and several staff members were able to attend.
Approximately 1500 Pheasant chicks were in the pens, and would live there until reaching adulthood. In early fall, the majority of them will be released to help increase the number of pheasants living in the wild.
During the field trip not only were the kids shown how the small birds are fed and watered, but also able to hold them, as well. For many of them, this was once in a lifetime opportunity, and took full advantage to handle the birds. Unfortunately, no adult birds were in the pens when the students were there, but promised to bring a couple birds to the school in the fall.
All too soon the field trip had come to an end and the students boarded the bus for home. We hope they learned about pheasants and the Swift Current Wildlife Federation.

As a follow-up:
On October 17, 2008 two of the club's volunteers brought a few of the adult pheasants to the Herbert school. They were greeted with huge smiles from the students. A rooster and two hens were released with the hope they would survive in the wild.
With a great deal of thanks from the staff and students of Herbert school the SCWF volunteers continued to Morse school, where the staff and students waited eagerly to see the adult birds. They, too, were released into the wild.
After leaving the school, the volunteers continued north of Morse where a few more pheasants were released in undisclosed locations with the hope they, too, would survive in the outside world.

There is an old proverb: 'We don't inherit this earth from our parents, but rather we borrow it from our children'

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