Monthly Archives: November 2013


In the last few years, 2012 and 2013, MacFarlane Pheasant’s has gone through a lot of changes. As this year is beginning to come to a close, I thought I’d share some of them with you. Hun Expansion In the fall of 2012 our supplier decided to retire so we made the decision to produce […]

Employee Profile: Trudy DeRemer

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? I married my husband on 9-10-11 and we have 2 dogs. One is a lab mix who loves attention and the other is a rescued Siberian Husky who likes to tell stories and yell at the person who makes it home […]

Cross-training Employees

Because of the fluctuating nature of our business, we find cross-training our employees to be a valuable tool. Cross training is the process of training a person to do multiple jobs. Having employees who can transition between departments is extremely helpful when our business transitions throughout the year. They give us the opportunity for flexibility […]

Pen Soil

When you consider making outdoor pens for pheasants you have to think not only of the size and shape of the pen, nor only about the huts and food, but the ground the birds walk on is an important part of keeping them comfortable and the pens in good condition. The soil we have is […]

Employee Profile: Sarah Pope

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? I come from a large farming family – my dad had 10 siblings so there are lots of aunt and uncles and cousins. In my immediate family there are six of us, my parents just celebrated their 30 wedding anniversary. I […]

Getting Birds to do what you want in the Barns

When the chicks first hatch and are put into the barns, it is very important that we teach them how to behave. The first things they need to learn are to spread out and settle down while finding heat, water, and food as soon as possible. In order to get them to do what we […]

Employee Profile: Troy Cisewski

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? Been married for just over a year to my wife Linda, our first child Noah was just born. We have 3 dogs. Where are you from? I am originally from Milton WI, but live in Lindenhurst IL currently. Do you have […]

Moving Birds Outside

We’ve talked recently about the huts we use to keep our birds outside as well as how we transition birds in the barns, so let’s talk about moving birds from the barns to the outdoors. Transitioning birds to be outside can be tricky due to the many factors that need to be taken into consideration, […]

Bird Diversity

We at MacFarlane Pheasants offer a variety of birds for a variety of purposes. This helps us stay relevant and in business despite the many twists the economy, and people’s interests, may take. An example of customer’s preferences changing can look like this. Future prices of feed may influence a customer toward purchasing smaller birds […]

Employee Profile: Brad Lillie

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? I’m married to Cathy, have one 7 year old son Kayden, and 2 dogs – shih tzu named Pepper and a yellow lab named Buddy. Where are you from? Binghamton, New York Do you have any siblings? One brother, Scott who […]