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Tuesday, 6-Sep-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Congratulations to Mr. François Bernar, Messelbroek, Belgium

Mr. François Bernar with grouse and bloadpheasant chicks (2005)
I once had a dream, and that dream was keeping and breeding Bloadpheasants !

The first time I saw Bloadpheasants alive was at the Daws Halls in the UK (1976). Then, later at the Sivelle Smith Aviaries in NY, USA (1985), and at the Mountain Travel Agency in Kathmandu, Nepal (1987) and with Frau Wilmering in Germany in the early nineties.

It was at the beginning of 2002 that almost all of the remaining captive-held/bred birds in Western Europe were brought together in one spot (Messelbroek, Belgium). It was only at that time and during the years that followed that we were able to carefully study the exact needs of these little Himalayan jewels.

All my congratulations are due to my friend Mr. François Bernar, who gave the final proof "How to breed bloadpheasants and make them a thing from the past, these so-called hard to breed exotic pheasants ?".

The key to success was with nutrition and correct husbandry methods.

It is almost unbelievable that it took me almost 30 years to find out what to do to keep and breed bloadpheasants.

It now seems that the only remaining and live bloadpheasants (except from those in their native countries (Himalayan region and China)) are those which are surviving in the Benelux.

Nevertheless, it is a fantastic feeling to realize that the final answer on that question ( My Dream ?) was actually found out in Belgium, after my trip almost around the world (with having malaria, typhus, and lot's of other frustrations, which I survived !).

However, it was worth undertaking all of the efforts. This is what makes life worth living for.

With my best wishes and congratulations to Mr. François Bernar, Messelbroek, Belgium

Francy Hermans, Belgium

Wednesday, 3-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Update on Bloadpheasants and their chicks in Belgium

3 young males blaodpheasant hatch 2005
Young males may be kept together if they do not compete for food or females. It is already at the age of 5/6 months that these little birds start fighting with one and and other for females. Therefore, we keep the males and females separate, or try to locate the pair bound males and females, and keep these separate in single pens.

François Bernar, Belgium

Tuesday, 2-Aug-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Update on keeping and breeding Bloadpheasants in Belgium

young male bloadpheasant hatch 2005
an other young pair of bloadpheasant hatch 2005
an other young pair bloadpheasant, one month older
Young bloadpheasants can be raised together with grouse and tragopan chicks as can be seen from the photographs in the Grouse and Bloadpheasant fotopages.

One of the main mistakes aviculturists in the West have done in the past with the Bloadpheasants, was to consider and maintain them as "pheasants".

We do keep and breed from them in similar ways as grouse. However, their husbandry methods are entirely different from grouse and hence the necessary adaptations have to be made in terms of avairy design and maintenance.

Sexual dimorfism can already be seen at the age of 3/4 weeks. Juvenile bloadpheasants must be kept under close control as they may easily figth with one and an other. They are mature at the age of 12 months and can reproduce in their first year.

François Bernar, Belgium

Tuesday, 26-Jul-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Update on Bloadpheasants and their chicks in Belgium

mass raising of grouse, bloads and tragopan chicks
lateral view of one young male Bloadpheasant
frontal view of one male bloadpheasant
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François Bernar, Belgium

Monday, 20-Jun-2005 00:00 Email | Share | | Bookmark
Update on Bloadpheasants and their chicks in Belgium

one chick bloadpheasant with one chick Cabot tragopan
2 little chicks Bloadpheasant together with young prairie grouse
François Bernar, Belgium

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