Three years ago, Yellowstone Academy added the Pheasant Program to the Vo-Ag department. The boys and girls at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch now get to take part in monitoring egg incubation, raising chicks, building pheasant pens, and continuously caring for the birds.
Raising the birds helps kids maintain daily obligations and learn more about an animal’s life cycle. Once the pheasants are fully grown, the birds are either released to wetland sites in the area or sold to individual landowners to replenish the pheasant population.
The program keeps about fifty hens and fifteen roosters as breeding stock for the following year’s program, and eggs and live chicks are purchased as well to supplement those hatched at the Ranch.
To keep this unique program running, we are seeking donor funding to help with the costs of transporting, housing, and caring for the pheasant population.