By Chris Potter
After a handful of years that have seen thousands of birds successfully raised to adulthood, the delivery of another 800 chicks this week was just another day at the office for the Allegany County Pheasant Program.
The state Department of Conservation (DEC) provided the birds through its Day-Old Pheasant Chick Program, the second such delivery of 2014. The first batch has already moved outside, making way for the newcomers.
“The initial group is six, seven weeks old,”?said Pheasant Program member John Tucker. “We’ve got the blinders on them. This is our second year with the blinders, which seems to be working out pretty good. It’s helping to keep the birds from pecking each other.
“We got a couple hundred extra with the second batch. We were only asking for two batches of 600, and we’ve got a little over 1,400 now. It’s about the same now that we had last year.”
Founded in 2007, the Allegany County Pheasant Program is a non-profit organization that has been raising pheasants from day-old chicks to adulthood since 2008.