Lame Pheasant in my wood pile,help needed!

Hi everyone.

I have had an odd morning,looking for something in the paddock,went behind a shed and found next doors cat wedged underneath,I moved things out of the way and it has crawled under further-and I have no idea if it is still there.I then went around the other side where I have two wood stores and I could not believe that this gorgeous little lady was sitting in one of the wood piles.

I took the photo's in case she decided to fly off,then i went over to her and she did not move,I picked her up and she seemed ok,very placid,let her off with the ducks and Geese.I noticed then that she is lame on one leg,cannot walk properly,I cannot feel a break,but if the cat has had it,maybe it is traumatised.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?Is there anyone local to me-near Oundle PE8 area whom would be able to nurse her back to health? I already have one geriatric chicken in the house whom cannot walk so have put the little Pheasant in the bathroom with some water,some corn and in the dark for now. Help! please!


  • Try  wildlife rescue or a vet they should be able to help.

  • In reply to fish:

    Poor pheasant. There's a wildlife rescue place in Peterborough: - hopefully they could come for her or you could take her there... or at least they could give you some advice over the phone.

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  • In reply to aiki:

    Poor pheasant. Trust you goes well for it.

    Kind regards Richard.

  • In reply to Dickydad:

    Melissa, I also had a lame pheasant several years ago. No idea what happened to him, but he could not put any weight on one leg. Believe it or not he survived and even managed to ward off other males on his patch! His leg was bad for nearly a year and I managed to feed him to make sure he wasn't going hungry. Eventually I saw him put a little weight on the leg and although it never looked right (very swollen), he at last managed to use it, although he always walked with a limp. He got called Peggy (it started as peg leg and then sort of shortened to Peggy!).

    So they can survive with one leg, although I do think your pheasant would stand a better chance if she had some treatment. All the very best of luck.

    bye for now

  • In reply to Tulip:

    awwww the poor thing

    Aim higher in case you fall short.

  • In reply to Catnip:

    I Tried to no avail,called them all afternoon,there may be someone nearby though shall check tomorrow.At the moment,the little sweetheart is sitting comfortably in the bathroom,so think she shall be ok for the night. Unfortunately all the vets around here want to charge!-sorry but I loathe vets! money grabbers whom do not care about the animals..sorry about that but this is what I have found around here.

  • In reply to Melissa Ingram:

    I'm sorry your experience of vets has been negative. I have always found them genuinely caring and will give free advice and even minor treatment for wild animals.

    have you got a branch of PDSA near you ?

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  • In reply to Galatas:

    Hi,not really,Cambridge is my nearest and that is 40 miles away.

    Sorry to say but the nearest decent vet is in Kettering some 20 miles from me.

  • I loved reading all the posts - I have a cock pheasant in my garden everyday at the moment, with a really bad limp. He is generally ok at getting about and pretty fast as soon as I appear with some seed for him. Do I just leave the limp to let nature take its course?

    He has started, after some 'whispering' (aka patience!!!)eating from my hand and the family are very fond of him but with that comes a natural 'what can we do?'.....happy to hear your thoughts
  • Hi Jack, you have done well to get him feeding from your hand, they usually are pretty fast getting away with a loud screech!! I would say if he isn't unduly worried about you and family then no harm done, just keep on with the seed and he will probably wander off after a while.

    Lot to learn