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Why do pheasants run out into the road?

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Why do these dozy pheasants always get in the way?  On my way to work this morning I took I slightly different route than usual and on one particular road there were pheasants everywhere.

These pheasants just seemed to appear from nowhere.  Luckily I wasn't going too fast because at one point I had to come to a grinding halt while this stupid pheasant decided which way she wanted to go.  It seems as soon as they see a car they decide to run for it, right out in front of you!  Time for some defensive driving I think!

I don't understand why people breed pheasants

I really don't understand why people breed pheasants only to let them run wild and get killed by cars.  I dread to think how many dead pheasants I have seen on the sides of the roads.  A pheasant, about to run out into the road in front of a car If people are going to breed them then won't don't they somehow confine them to a certain area instead of letting them roam where they want to when half of them will get killed by cars etc…

It may sound cruel confining them but at least they'll have a longer life and will be less likely to become roadkill.

On another note, surely this is a great danger to people driving on the road.  I wonder how many serious accidents have happened because of pheasants running out in front of cars and people have tried to swerve and avoid them.  Keep your pheasants locked up!


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Pheasant plucker

Pheasant plucker

I was involved in a fatal accident, on a dual carriageway at 60mph, the pheasant played chicken, and lost the bet. But, it has messed all my sensors up, I think the cars computer is having a conference about which one was affected, as they have all come on.
17/07 Pheasant plucker
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spud

spud

Why does auto-correct turn the perfectly literate into absolute effing gibberish unless you continually go back and forth deleting sh*t it adds on and all sorts... there's a DAILY grI've not f**king weekly.
16/01/19 spud
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spud

spud

It's a devious master plan, they've heard oil and petroleum toxins build up in the food chain so they seek to ingest loads of it from the roads when possible in the hope it thus makespecially them toxic so some f**ker doesn't shoot them for lunch.
16/01/19 spud
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anon

anon

They're just attention seekers?
16/01/19 anon
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meandmyself

meandmyself

Hit one last evening at 60 Headlight alone is £600!

A Landcruiser is fairly solid but somethings have just got to give.
Could I have missed it - perhaps -
Braked hard, but clear road in front on my side and cars behind and the guy behind fairly close so he may well
have been totalled by the time he realised I had braked. Also a string of cars coming the other way.
14/02/17 meandmyself
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Sommo

Sommo

This should not be allowed how many accidents happen through pheasants darting out into the road its ridiculous
01/10/16 Sommo
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Fezzant

Fezzant

The Peasants' Revolt started in Essex on 30 May 1381, when a tax collector tried, for the third time in four years, to levy a Poll Tax. The war against France was going badly, the government's reputation was damaged, and the tax was 'the last straw'.

The peasants were not just protesting against the government. Since the Black Death, poor people had become increasingly angry that they were still serfs. They were demanding that all men should be free and equal, for less harsh laws, and a fairer distribution of wealth.

So, nothing has changed then.

The peasants run into the road hoping to be hit by some toff in a Roller and then claiming loads of compensation.
11/02/16 Fezzant
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Flozem

Flozem

Bah - whoever posted they do no damage to your car, never hit one at 130km/h (legal top speed) on a highway. The dim bird cracked my front bumper and part of its bottom plate.

I had no choice in the matter though as I was overtaking two other cars and the first narrowly missed it only to have the beast walk in front of mine. Didn't want to create a more dangerous situation by grinding to a halt and possibly skidding into one of the others... :(
10/02/16 Flozem
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anom

anom

Pheasants,yes why should they run all over but then again a pheasants life is only short before the tight sods shoot them,perhaps they could be bred in captivity so then when fully grown a planned indoor massacre of them could appen and then they never would be seen,but I think its all cruel and pheasants just like to run around all over really neither the shooters or the drivers should be considered first,but pheasants probably do something like make a nest in the wheat and barley or run headfirst in protest into the harvesterand cars (they have always looked like mad suicidal protestors going headfirst into cars),no one can say proper if the damage they do means they should be shot or if the shooting shouldnt happen because they dont do much damage.But they taste good anyway.
20/11/12 anom
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AuldSpider

AuldSpider

I live in Mid Wales and at certain times of the year there are a huge amount of pheasants around and many of them get killed on the road unfortunately. The reason there are so many is quite simple, thousands of these lovely colourful birds are bred every year for one reason "The Gun" This particular species seems to be good at flying low and slow ... exactly what these game wardens breed them for, and all in the name of "Sport" They are easy targets for rich people that can afford to spend thier liesure time killing defencless wildlife in the name of sport.

Shooting game birds in this country should be banned in my opinion. It serves no real purpose except to satisfy blood lust of rich country people with whom this particular activity seems commonplace, and I look forward to the day when barbaric behaviour like this is made illegal in this country, in the same way foxhunting with dogs was made illegal a few years back.
18/07/11 AuldSpider
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Weston Babe

Weston Babe

Pheasants are not native to this country, being brought in from China (I think) in the 19th century. They are bred for sport (shooting), but, because there aren't enough really wild pheasants left, most are now bred in captivity and released in time for shooting. Unfortunately, because they have been in constant contact with humans they have little fear and absolutely no sense of survival the way that the wilder pheasants do. Thats why we see hundreds of the stupid birds hanging around near roads instead of being in the woods. You're right, it's carnage on the roads, but as long as rich tweedy people want to pay a fortune for shooting them, this will continue to happen and many country people are kept in employment just keeping up the pheasant stocks. I have no problem with that, as long as my car isn't damaged, but if you live in the country, you get to know where the birds are likely to be and slow down, just in case.
10/02/11 Weston Babe
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eve

eve

I have just found your gripe blog... Why don't you go and live on the moon, you miserable. old person
01/10/10 eve
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Adam Hill

Adam Hill

its a bird yet it wont fly out the way then its gonna get hit so we should hit it if then it flys aways we've helped it but if it doesnt thn its helped me pheasent for tea!
24/11/09 Adam Hill
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Highway Robber

Highway Robber

Shoot you pheasant on the highway and take it, your roadkill is poaching. Run the pheasant down and that is merely a traffic accident, and you can keep the pheasant.
23/11/09 Highway Robber
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derek

derek

I aim for the little sh*ts when they get in my way!
23/11/09 derek
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