Haith's Wildlife Blog https://www.haiths.com/ Sun, 22 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT https://www.haiths.com/ en hourly 1 Update on "One for All our new premium no-mess mix https://www.haiths.com/update-on-one-for-all-our-new-premium-no-mess-mix/ https://www.haiths.com/update-on-one-for-all-our-new-premium-no-mess-mix/#comments Thurs, 19 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/update-on-one-for-all-our-new-premium-no-mess-mix/ Those of you who regularly read my Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone series will have seen the video I took while testing our new no mess bird seed mix, “One for All.” Those of you who regularly read my Wildlife Adventures with an iPhone series will have seen the video I took while testing our new no mess bird seed mix, “One for All.”<br/>This morning, I took a short video to show how well the mix is performing on my bird table:<br /> &nbsp; <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/FlIdFbIEclc?rel=0" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</center> As you can hopefully see from the video, &quot;One for All&quot; is a hit on the bird table (as well as bird feeders, and ground feeders). These goldfinches and chaffinches were squaring up all morning for the last morsels of the new no-mess mix. This continued attraction to the mix is super news. I set out to create a no-mess blend that&#39;s ideal for all seasons, all garden birds, and all feeding styles, and that&#39;s what I&#39;ve done. <div style="text-align: center;"><br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/"></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="One for all" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/One-for-all(1).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> &ldquo;One for All&rdquo; is now available <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/">here</a></strong>.<br /> <br /> Keep an eye out for my next piece as I&#39;ll be reviewing the performance of a sunflower heart feeder versus a traditional tube-type seed feeder.<br /> <br /> Until then, keep enjoying nature.<br /> <br /> Simon<br /> <br /> <img alt="Picture of Simon" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Picture-of-Simon.jpg" /> 0 Wildlife adventures with an iPhone - Creating two new bird diets for overwintering birds https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone-creating-two-new-bird-diets-for-overwintering-birds/ https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone-creating-two-new-bird-diets-for-overwintering-birds/#comments Weds, 11 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Simon H. King https://www.haiths.com/wildlife-adventures-with-an-iphone-creating-two-new-bird-diets-for-overwintering-birds/ It's beginning to look a lot like autumn out there. Birds are looking a little more purposeful in their search for food. The sudden drop in temperatures and dwindling daylight hours promotes a sense of urgency in the search for high-quality bird food. It's a good thing I could see this step-change coming and decided to introduce two new bird diets for overwintering wild birds. My birds certainly approve. It's beginning to look a lot like autumn out there. Birds are looking a little more purposeful in their search for food. The sudden drop in temperatures and dwindling daylight hours promotes a sense of urgency in the search for high-quality bird food. It's a good thing I could see this step-change coming and decided to introduce two new bird diets for overwintering wild birds. My birds certainly approve.<br/>It all started in summer when we experienced a sudden change in the weather, and it was noticeable how much extra activity there was on the bird feeders with this sudden drop in temperature. Any chivalry between my garden birds dropped with the temperatures as polite queuing turned into shoulder barging and the early onset of bird feeder bullying. OK, perhaps &#39;bullying&#39; is a little strong - let&#39;s say the birds seemed less patient with each other.<br /> <br /> A sudden drop in temperature can trigger the need for more calories. That&#39;s something we birders all seem to agree on observing. However, upon watching the birds more closely, the thought occurred to me, that it&#39;s a delicate balance between maximum calories and maximum variety of species. My hypothesis: getting the balance of the blend exactly right between seed ingredients and energy is the key to offering an autumn/winter bird diet that&#39;s good for birds and great for birders. (Great for birders because that will attract the maximum number of birds).<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Mixes performing well" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Top-image(1).jpg" /></div> [The above image shows the two new mixes as they were placed onto the bird table. The image below the two new bird diets shows what was left the next morning, and it was completely clear by the end of the day.].&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Over the next few weeks, I experimented in my garden with several new mixes. I increased/decreased sunflower heart inclusion rates, introduced peanut granules, and eliminated some of the tiny seeds, and then I watched and observed bird activity. It wasn&#39;t a scientific study. However, I indeed found that offering a super-high-quality seed mix attracted a broader mix of garden birds than feeding, say, sunflower hearts on their own. That might not be the case in every garden, of course. But it was in mine.<br /> <br /> I&#39;m delighted to introduce the two new mixes, and I&#39;ll be feeding these throughout autumn and winter.<br /> <br /> As the video shows and as I explain, I&#39;m not going to feed lower-calorie mixes this season. Birds need high-quality food, and our job is to help them to arrive in spring in great shape for the breeding season. In other words, I want birds to consume much more energy than they use to land on a bird feeder. These birds will be overwintering in the UK, and I know we&#39;ll all do our best to help them and - importantly - enjoy watching their antics.<br /> &nbsp; <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/LXB1WfAizzY?rel=0" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</center> <br /> Within a few moments of putting the two feeders out, you&#39;ll see in this video below that the birds are back on the feeder within minutes.<br /> &nbsp; <center><iframe allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NTNfJL67ecU?rel=0" width="560"></iframe><br /> &nbsp;</center> TWO NEW SEED MIXES:<br /> <br /> <strong>One for All&trade; - super- high-energy no mess seed mix</strong><br /> <br /> New: One mix for all seasons, for all feeding styles (seed feeder, bird table, ground), and all garden birds.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="One for all montage of feeder empty" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Montage-one-for-all.jpg" /></div> <br /> &quot;One for all&quot; is our new super-high-energy no mess, no waste, no husk, no grow mix for all seasons, all feeding styles, and all garden birds, especially Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Robins, Nuthatches, woodpeckers, Chaffinches, Wrens, and the declining population of House Sparrows.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/one-for-all-super-high-energy-no-mess-seed-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="One for all" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/One-for-all.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> In tests, this mix attracted a wider variety of bird species than feeding sunflower hearts when fed on their own and contains no millet, wheat, or cheap fillers.<br /> <br /> 2.5kg - &pound;9.98<br /> 5kg - &pound;16.99<br /> 5kg - &pound;47.04<br /> 30kg (2 x 15kg bags) - &pound;89.90<br /> <br /> <strong>Winterberry&trade; - The high-energy mix for overwintering birds</strong><br /> <br /> New winter mix featuring high-fat berry pellets for extra energy<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Winterberry montage of feeder empty" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Montage-winter-berry.jpg" /></div> <br /> This overwintering mix is ideal for seed feeders but - as can be seen from the photos - works equally well on a bird table (and can be fed on the ground).<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/winterberry-the-high-energy-mix-for-overwintering-birds/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Winterberry" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Winterberry.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> Our experts have formulated this unique mix. It contains high-energy sunflowers and berry flavour suet pellets with peanut granules to provide additional fat and calories essential for overwintering birds.<br /> <br /> 2.5kg - &pound;8.99<br /> 5kg - &pound;15.99<br /> 15kg - &pound;45.99<br /> 30kg (2 x 15kg bags) - &pound;88.90<br /> <br /> These mixes will set your garden birds up to arrive in spring in great shape.<br /> <br /> I&#39;ll be supplementing the two mixes with one or two suet offerings as temperatures drop further. I hope you spotted that many of our suet products are on sale?).<br /> <br /> Until next week, enjoy all that nature has to offer.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Simon<br /> <br /> <img alt="" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Simon%20H%20King%20Wildlife%20Adventures%20with%20an%20iPhone.png" /> 0 My 20/20 Vision: Together, we can make this better https://www.haiths.com/my-20/20-vision-together-we-can-make-this-better/ https://www.haiths.com/my-20/20-vision-together-we-can-make-this-better/#comments Weds, 11 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT David Haith https://www.haiths.com/my-20/20-vision-together-we-can-make-this-better/ I can remember when I first put bird food out in the garden and waiting patiently with my face squashed up against the kitchen window for the birds to show up. I'd sit quietly with my grandfather's bird identification book to identify them one by one as they swooped down onto the bird table. I can remember when I first put bird food out in the garden and waiting patiently with my face squashed up against the kitchen window for the birds to show up. I'd sit quietly with my grandfather's bird identification book to identify them one by one as they swooped down onto the bird table.<br/>The birds never let me down.<br /> <br /> At some point, however, I must have started to take it for granted that the birds would continue to show up, and I don&#39;t think there was ever any doubt in my mind that things would change. Why would they? The hedgerows were bubbling with sparrows, and the natural world was big enough to look after itself. Little did I know that things were already beginning to change.<br /> <br /> I didn&#39;t spot the early days of bird decline. Others did: American biologist, Rachel Carson, warned of the dangers of chemical pesticides and &#39;initiated the contemporary environmental movement&#39; with her book entitled Silent Spring.<br /> <br /> Birds still showed up on the bird table, however.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="David looking at birds" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/David-looking-at-birds.jpg" /></div> <br /> Then I discovered why more and more birds were showing up on the bird table: wild birds were being forced out of the countryside; birds were leaving their natural landscape in search of food and a place to breed, and this &#39;place&#39; was becoming our gardens.<br /> <br /> When this penny finally dropped, I was determined to help more birds by improving the quality of bird food available in the UK. Haith&#39;s was founded by my grandfather in 1937 on the back of high-quality, clean food not being available for his budgies and canaries, and I knew he&#39;d have been the first to step up to this challenge.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="David stood next to wall" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Young-David-stood-next-to-wall.jpg" /></div> <br /> It was tough at first as wild bird food was seen as mainly kitchen scraps: a little bread, maybe bacon, at best peanuts, and not a great deal else. However, within months, I&#39;d uncovered seeds and foods I believed could be used to supplement wild birds&#39; natural diet. I consulted with bird-keepers and vets who understood the biology of birds, asking their advice on creating healthy foods.<br /> <br /> Thanks to many of you reading this, my healthy bird food being critical for birds message has spread nationally, and I&#39;m genuinely grateful for your support. It&#39;s indeed a good feeling to know that we&#39;re all caring for Britain&#39;s bird population together.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="David sat on rocks" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/David-sat-on-rocks.jpg" /></div> <br /> The investment to move to what we now call The Bird Food Centre was a massive leap of faith. There are so many bird food sellers in the UK. Frankly, it doesn&#39;t take a great deal of investment to enter the market and sell primarily uncleaned seed at rock bottom prices. I certainly don&#39;t mind a bit of healthy competition - I wish many of these companies would reinvest some of their profits in research and development (the way we have). That&#39;s the way to protect our dwindling population of wild birds. When our research uncovered that dust could be deadly to birds, I decided I couldn&#39;t compete with cheap bird food sellers as that&#39;s not what&#39;s best for birds.<br /> <br /> The competition can copy our recyclable paper bags (which we&rsquo;ve used for more than 50 years), &lsquo;try&rsquo; to copy our bird food mixes (as many do, but can&rsquo;t 100% because we do a lot more than meets the naked eye), they can copy our campaigns (but only the advertising, because what&rsquo;s at the heart of our marketing is our QC efforts and investment in wildlife safety - to copy that takes commitment and investment),&nbsp; but what they can never copy is our Heritage (three generations of bird seed know how), and our commitment to nature and those who go out of their way to offer a helping hand to birds throughout the year (whatever the weather). These are the people we serve, the people like us - the people who love birds.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><em><strong>&ldquo;I want to encourage you to tell your friends about Haith&#39;s. Not because we&#39;re cheap, not even because we&#39;re cheerful, but because we are here for people like you who care about nature.&rdquo;</strong></em></div> <br /> The real win for me, though, are the stories I hear from Haith&#39;s customers. Now, each time I fill my bird feeder, I think about the lengths we&#39;re all going to support wildlife together. And I never take for granted that the birds will show up as one day they might not.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="David (young) in the wild" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Young-David-in-the-Wild.jpg" /></div> <br /> I&#39;m so grateful you&#39;ve decided to help garden birds, to encourage and attract them with healthy bird food, to watch and enjoy their antics. I hope we can work together this autumn and winter to help the nation&#39;s birds make it through to spring in great shape.<br /> <br /> My 20/20 vision is this: Together, we can make this better.<br /> <br /> My personal 20/20 vision includes setting a fair price for high-quality food that works and is safe for garden birds. We are here to serve you and nature, which means we&#39;ll support the efforts you&#39;re making to protect wildlife.<br /> <br /> <em>&bull; I want to encourage more people to feed the birds, and I accept (to do this) I need to help make it more affordable, but I also have to focus on high-quality food that works. I also have to continue to invest in science to further our understanding of what it takes to help birds thrive and survive. However, I have managed to introduce a number of &lsquo;new lower prices&rsquo; for everyday products such as suet, dried mealworms and others soon to be announced.<br /> <br /> &bull; I want to encourage you to tell your friends about Haith&#39;s. Not because we&#39;re cheap, not even because we&#39;re cheerful, but because we are here for people like you who care about nature.<br /> <br /> &bull; I want to reinforce, however, the reason why Haith&#39;s exist: high-quality, safe bird food. What do I mean by safe? I&#39;m thinking here specifically about our market-leading SuperClean project, which started in 1937, and is the root of everything we do at Haith&#39;s. I will not risk bird health to make a quick sale.<br /> <br /> &bull; I promise I won&rsquo;t misuse your trust: In other words, if a product says it&rsquo;s &lsquo;huskfree&rsquo; or &lsquo;doesn&rsquo;t contain wheat&rsquo; for example that&rsquo;s exactly what you can expect, and exactly what you are paying for.<br /> <br /> &bull; I will select the best seeds and foods available for our feathered friends and charge a fair price for the goods we offer. Our mixes are unique to Haith&rsquo;s and feature some of the world&rsquo;s finest seeds, which I select because they&rsquo;re healthy and safe. Our investment in these superior seeds often means they&rsquo;re more expensive, but I have blended them together because they work. That you can be sure of.<br /> <br /> &bull; I will personally test every bird food in my own garden before marketing it.<br /> <br /> &bull; Foods such as our softfoods are unique and offer a supreme choice to wildlife. They are expensive to blend and contain ingredients expensive to source and stock. They are unlike anything else on the market and blended by genuine experts in their field.</em><br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="David stood with a bird on his shoulder" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Young-David-stood-with-a-bird-on-hit-shoulder.jpg" /></div> <br /> As I think back to those early days in the garden, I fear we&#39;re no longer feeding wild birds because it&#39;s a pleasant thing to do; I believe we&#39;re feeding wild birds because we have to fight for our wildlife, and if we fight for them together, we stand more chance of being victorious.<br /> <br /> Together, we can make this better.<br /> <br /> With best wishes<br /> <br /> David Haith<br /> Managing Director<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(64).jpg" /></a></div> 0 Can bird food be fed to chickens? https://www.haiths.com/can-bird-food-be-fed-to-chickens/ https://www.haiths.com/can-bird-food-be-fed-to-chickens/#comments Tues, 10 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/can-bird-food-be-fed-to-chickens/ Chickens need a constant supply of minerals, calcium, and protein to help provide you with fresh eggs daily. Chickens need a constant supply of minerals, calcium, and protein to help provide you with fresh eggs daily.<br/>We all love to feed garden birds, and our busy mail order team is proof of this, as we always find time in the working day at Haith&#39;s to watch and admire the visiting wildlife. However, a question we&#39;re frequently asked is, &quot;can bird food be fed to chickens?&quot;<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chicken " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Chicken.jpg" /></div> <br /> The answer is yes; however, birdseed mixes are usually high in fat and may be too low in vitamins to meet the nutritional needs of egg-laying chickens. With that in mind, bird food shouldn&#39;t replace a chicken&#39;s daily feed and should only be presented as a supplement. However, if you scatter a small amount of birdseed on the ground, it will give your chickens something else to scratch around for and introduce a little bit of natural enrichment.<br /> <br /> In addition to a quality poultry pellet, your chicken&#39;s will thrive on a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables, such as cabbage, spinach and vegetable peels. It makes good sense to avoid giving them any mouldy or spoiled food as this may make them ill.<br /> <br /> As chickens don&#39;t have any teeth, a supply of <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/fine-oystershell-grit-wbhe01001/">Haith&#39;s Fine Oystershell Grit</a></strong> is essential as it helps to grind down their food. Chickens may get this grit naturally from the ground where they live, but it is best to provide them with a good healthy source.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/fine-oystershell-grit-wbhe01001/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Fine Oystershell Grit" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Fine-oystershell-grit.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/poultry-corn-wbsm01016/">Haith&#39;s Poultry Corn</a></strong> can be fed to chickens on a daily basis. The mix contains malting barley, whole wheat, cut maize, buckwheat, milo and Fine Oystershell Grit.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/poultry-corn-wbsm01016/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Poultry Corn" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Poultry-corn.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> In addition to Poultry Corn, we have the extra special <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/grandad-teds-poultry-spice/">Grandad Ted&#39;s Poultry Spice</a></strong> which can be introduced to supplement wheat diets. It helps promote vitality and rich golden yolks &ndash; just mix it in with your daily feed a couple of times a week.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/grandad-teds-poultry-spice/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Grandad Ted's Poultry Spice" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Grandad-teds-poultry-spice.jpg" /></a></div> <br /> As with any living creature, chickens should have a continuous supply of clean, fresh water.<br /> <br /> Chickens themselves are very clever at knowing what they need to keep healthy so as long as they are able to have access to what they need, they should keep strong and hopefully lay lots of delicious eggs.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/domestic-birds/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Domestic birds" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Poultry-category.jpg" /></a></div> 0 DIY bird enthusiast beats the bullies https://www.haiths.com/diy-bird-enthusiast-beats-the-bullies/ https://www.haiths.com/diy-bird-enthusiast-beats-the-bullies/#comments Mon, 09 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Angela and Chris https://www.haiths.com/diy-bird-enthusiast-beats-the-bullies/ We often receive photos from Haith's customers, but these made us stop in our tracks. You won't believe what this is. We often receive photos from Haith's customers, but these made us stop in our tracks. You won't believe what this is. <br/>Mrs Price&#39;s bird feeders have been &#39;bombarded by the corvid family&#39; for several years, and she couldn&#39;t find a successful way to prevent them from scoffing all the seeds in a single sitting meaning the smaller birds didn&#39;t stand a chance of feeding. The corvids would appear on masse from a nearby wood and empty a feeder in no time at all bullying the smaller birds off the bird feeder.<br /> <br /> Here&#39;s how Mrs Price did it:<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feeder 1" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Feeder-1.jpg" /></div> <br /> The little birds were extraordinarily bright, and it took them no time at all to work it out.<br /> <br /> The other one with a matching top which you clip together has a small container inside which was a bit fiddly to put together, with a plastic dome over the top that took a bit of working out, to be honest.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feeder 2" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Feeder-2.jpg" /></div> <br /> The feeder in the middle is a candle holder which was a bronze colour which does fade after a while.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feeder 3" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Feeder-3.jpg" /></div> <br /> It has taken me a few years of trying to come up with a solution, but it now works, and I can sit back and enjoy watching the little birds tucking into their delicious food.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Feeder 4" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Feeder-4.jpg" /></div> <br /> The tools used were pliers, wire and patience oh and fingers!<br /> <br /> After years of DIY experimentation, Mrs Price &#39;finally nailed it&#39; when she managed to construct a corvid free zone out of a hanging flower basket and, in her own words, a &#39;very cheap plastic container.&#39; It&#39;s taken years, but Mrs Price is thrilled to bits that she has finally found a way in which to stop them feeding and to give the little birds a chance.<br /> <br /> &quot;It&#39;s taken me a few years of getting mad and trying to come up with a solution,&quot; explains the triumphant birder whose house is on the banks of the River Usk. &quot;The bit of trellis supporting the other peanuts, the one in the middle is a candle holder, from TK Maxx in a bronze colour which fades after a while but could be painted green. It&#39;s not rocket science, but it&#39;s worth every halfpenny to protect my darling little birds.&quot;<br /> <br /> &quot;Time wasn&#39;t an issue as such as I am 80 in September, but to watch the big birds eyeing up a way [into the corvid-free zone] has been fascinating.&quot;<br /> <br /> Of course, not all of Mrs Price&#39;s attempts have been successful. &quot;I&#39;ve even been known to put a green umbrella up over them,&quot; she explains.<br /> <br /> Isn&#39;t this a great reminder how much effort Haith&#39;s customers go to care for Britain&#39;s beautiful garden birds?<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Call to action" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Click-here-to-view-our-range-of-bird-foods(63).jpg" /></a></div> 0 The Common Pheasant https://www.haiths.com/the-common-pheasant/ https://www.haiths.com/the-common-pheasant/#comments Mon, 09 Sept 2019 00:00:00 GMT Tina Jakes https://www.haiths.com/the-common-pheasant/ The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). The male has iridescent copper-coloured plumage and a long tail. The Common Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) is a bird in the pheasant family (Phasianidae). The male has iridescent copper-coloured plumage and a long tail.<br/>Its head and neck are green, though the throat and cheeks are a glossy purple, and the face and wattle are red. They are also recognised by their call which is a far-carrying harsh sound &quot;korr kok&quot;. The female is slightly different and is buff coloured with dark brown markings.<br /> <br /> The Pheasant is mainly seen singly in open spaces and open wooded areas in the Country. However, it will on occasions wander close to suburban gardens but is very nervous in its behaviour. Although a relatively heavy bird, it&#39;s capable of taking to flight quickly with a sprint and lots of noise from vigorous flapping.<br /> &nbsp; <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="The common pheasant " src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Common-pheasant.jpg" /></div> <br /> It roosts at night in trees, often with others of its kind.<br /> <br /> They have a varied diet of grain, berries, insects, worms, grass, and fruit. They will forage for food on the ground and occasionally in trees and hedgerows. They are better than some birds at dealing with winter, and will readily scratch through inches of snow for grit, grain residues, and weed seeds.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/garden-pheasant-mix/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Pheasant Mix" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Garden-Pheasant(3).jpg" /></a></div> <br /> A great way to attract the Pheasants is with <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/garden-pheasant-mix/">Haith&#39;s Garden Pheasant mix</a></strong>. It&#39;s a variety of wheat, milo, barley, white dari, cut maize and fine oystershell grit to aid digestion and provide extra calcium. Pheasants aren&#39;t generally fussy - scatter a little seed daily on the ground, and they&#39;ll make short work of consuming it.<br /> <br /> Another hot mix that they enjoy is <strong><a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/">Haith&#39;s Original Wild Bird Food</a></strong>; it also contains the grains Pheasants love.<br /> <br /> <a href="https://www.haiths.com/original-wild-bird-food/"> <div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Original Wild Bird Food" src="http://www.haiths.com/images/blog/haiths/Original-wild-bird-food(18).jpg" /></a></div> 0