These large, beautiful pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage. Young Mutant pheasants start to get their adult coloration around 20 weeks of age and can be released into the wild shortly afterward. A favorite variety for release, they display a remarkable ability to survive and reproduce in the wild. A favorite variety for release, they display a remarkable ability to survive and reproduce in the wild. A pure breed, these large, beautiful pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage. These large, beautiful Black Melanistic pheasants feature an iridescent, greenish-black plumage. Melanistic mutant pheasant chicks are a pure breed. A favorite variety for release, the Melanistic Pheasant display a remarkable ability to survive and reproduce in the wild. If you don’t find chicks on the week you want them, sign up on our standby list (chances are you'll get them!) Melanistic Mutant. The remainder of the habitat should include some wetlands, grassland, and woodland or brushy thickets. This melanistic mutant is a pure breed. We'll notify you when we have extras. The incubation period is 24 – 25 days and it’s done by the female only. Prime habitat consists of 55-70 % crop fields such as corn, soybean, or small grains. We often over-hatch or have cancellations. The female Melanistic Mutant pheasant lays small eggs, up to 50 – 60 eggs throughout the spring and summer seasons.