Monthly Archives: February 2014

Employee Profile: Ryan George

Tell me about your family. Are you married? Do you have kids? Any pets? My family consists of Amy and I and our children Kaela 6, Samuel 5 weeks Where are you from? Evansville, WI about 30 miles away MacFarlane, I currently live a half mile from where I grew up. Do you have any […]

Moving on Up: Transitioning Juvenile Pheasants to the Great Outdoors

After three weeks in the “A” room and four weeks in the “B” room, the former MacFarlane Pheasant chicks are now juveniles and ready to be transferred to outdoor pens. There’s no gentle transition; the birds are loaded into crates and plopped into the outdoor pens. But before we do this, there are a few […]

Importance Of A Rat Control Program

Let’s be honest, the only rat we want to ever want to see on a farm is named Templeton and is friends with a pig named Wilbur. Beyond that, the rat does not have a very welcomed presence, let alone on a pheasant farm. For being relatively small, they are known for causing quite a […]

Building a Better Gamebird

Good hunting pheasants don’t just happen. At MacFarlane Pheasants, we understand this, and it’s because of the pains we take with our birds, from their selection, incubation, brooding, and shipping, that have helped us become the number one pheasant supplier in the U.S. But building a better bird begins with the genetics, and ours came […]

Feeder Space For Chicks And Mature Birds

Once a chick hatches, it is vital to get them to begin feeding as soon as possible. Not only does it give their bodies the proper nutrients required, but it also gets them into the habit of feeding. This is crucial in preventing any potential starve-out. Beginning when they are young, and continuing until they […]

Where Do Baby Pheasant Chicks Come From?

At MacFarlane Pheasants, we’re proud to be the largest day-old pheasant chick and game bird supplier in the U.S.  What goes into delivering pheasant chicks? Hatchery Manager and Propagation Coordinator Ben Lawton sat down with GameBirdExpert to talk about it. “My role here at the hatchery is to get chicks to you in best condition […]

Seeing Red: MacFarlane Pheasants’ French Redleg Partridge

Five years ago, MacFarlane Pheasants received a strange request from a longtime customer: could we raise 200 French Redleg partridges? Well, sure we could. We’d been raising Chukars/Redleg Crosses at the time, a close relative in the partridge family, just like a lot of other people. The French Redleg partridge had never been bred on […]

Beating The Odds…

One of the greatest struggles with pheasant chicks in the beginning is getting them to adjust to their new surroundings. These chicks are shipped out as early as one day old, and have a higher mortality rate, as they can be prone to starve outs. Here are some tips that we have learned throughout our […]