Monthly Archives: May 2011

Our February 28th Pheasants

Brian Klein and his crew have already moved out 25,000+ pheasants to flight pens. Brian took the attached pic of one of our first hatch pheasants. Moving out pheasants starting in April is relatively unheard of in the pheasant industry – but to maximize the use of our barns, to be efficient, and to have […]

Full Moon Pics

Our days start really early here. It’s not unusual for our brooder manager, Troy Cisewski to start work at 2 am. Running a gamebird farm is a 24/7 job, we often have trucks running through the night so our transportation manager Art Schumacher is on call those nights, in case of a breakdown or problem. […]

Biosecurity Upgrades

A few years ago during the “avian influenza” scare, biosecurity was a big topic. Two years ago Ben Lawton, our hatchery manager put together a biosecurity manifesto of sorts that addressed all sorts of areas on our farm where we could make improvements in our biosecurity. Over time we have instituted many (in not most) […]

Feed Vacuum Machine

Every year our pen crew tries their best to time the last deliveries of feed so that when all the mature birds are shipped the feeders are empty. There are so many variables though (e.g. if there is bad weather, the preserves back off on their delivery schedule and we keep the birds for an […]

First Birds Out to the Pens

Our crew has been waiting for warmer weather (and for the rain to stop) to move out our first birds of the year. Even though it’s still cold (last night the low was 34 degrees) the pen crew yesterday moved out 7,000 nine week old pheasants and today they are moving out 7,000 more eight-week […]