Oh dear Mrs Pheasant/s - I don't think you have got the general idea at all. The nest outside our front door, which had eight eggs in at the start of the week, now has sixteen eggs in it and still counting.
The farmer says that the likelihood is that two hen pheasants are using the nest and that either both will desert it, one will fight off the other and try to sit on all the eggs (far too many), or they will both sit side by side if they don't fall out. So we shall have to watch and wait to see what happens. One thing is for sure though -it is unlikely we shall have a happy brood of babies in the front garden this year. Such a disappointment.