Adult Pheasants introduced into the wild
Has anyone had any experience with introducing adult Pheasants into the wild. The reason I ask is I received 7 adult Green Mutant x Ringnecks Pheasants that have been kept in a small cage. They have a lot of feathers missing and open wounds (feather picking). Have tested each bird for the usual diseases and they test clean. Each have been placed in separate cages and the feathers are growing back and the wounds are healing.
I've always raise them from chicks and allow them to free range after they are 6 weeks old so they learn how to forge for natural food and allow them to choose to live wild or stay with us.
I'm afraid that they would not survive the transition from small cage to the wide open. Tried to let them loose in the greenhouse but they wildly flew into things and the walls. Had to put them back into cages after several days of this behaviour.
I'm afraid that these being adults they won't have the skills to survive in the wild.
Any thoughts on how to do this?