On most shoots reliant on reared pheasants a rule of thumb of guide is to provide a hopper for every ten birds released. This may seem like a high number but means that you are able to avoid competition at feed hoppers, which can ultimately lead to straying problems. In most circumstances it is considered best to group the hoppers together as feeding stations consisting of three or four hoppers about ten yards apart.
These can be made more attractive to the birds by the provision of a dusting shelter, and also in dryer conditions a drinker which is regularly top up with fresh water. Getting the feeding strategy right for your shoot is critically important to its success.