Monthly Archives: March 2014

Our Various Gamebirds Have Different Traits and Attitudes

When you walk into your local grocery store, it is common to see the child that is walking quietly next to their parent, hand on the cart, the picture of obedience. Even more common, is seeing the naughty child that is taking every opportunity to escape, and run out the door the second it opens. […]

Penning-In the Hungarian Partridge

At MacFarlane Pheasants, we don’t raise the same old pheasants as other farms, and we don’t build all our outdoor pens the same. Our Hungarian partridges have different requirements than our ringneck and Manchurian Cross pheasants, so we cater to them just like we cater to our customers. Your average Hungarian partridge weighs about a […]

The MacFarlane Difference

You do not get to be the best of anything by chance. It takes hard work, an elaborate amount of passion and expertise, and a team comprised of the best. Here at MacFarlane, this has been our formula for success. For many, a workday takes place between the hours of 9-5. At a prosperous pheasant […]

South Dakota Trip

Last week we visited customers in South Dakota. We visited 19 customers in 4 days. On our trip we crossed the White River south of I-90 on Highway 47. In the morning when we crossed over the river, I was locked up tight with ice, with no visible movement. In the afternoon, it was flowing […]

Dollar, Dollar Bills: Managing a Commercial Gamebird Feed Budget

Every year MacFarlane Pheasants raises 450,000 pheasants for hunters around the world—and that’s not even counting our French Redleg Partridges, Hungarian partridges, and white pheasants. But a bird’s got to eat! We buy 6,500 tons of feed per year for our birds. (To put in perspective, 20 tons is about the size of school bus.) […]

The Pheasant Wrangler: At the Rodeo with MacFarlane Pheasants’ Cody Hanson

With the sheer number of pheasants, pheasant chicks, and partridges that MacFarlane Pheasants raises every year, there are bound to be a few escapees. Holes can be torn in the nets of the outdoor pens, or birds can make a run for it when we’re packing them in crates to ship to your door. Probably […]

We Are Global!

MacFarlane Pheasants is located in the heart of the Midwest; however, we are by no means contained here. Since forming the farm in 1929, we have grown to be the largest pheasant distributor in North America. With that, comes certain responsibilities, including providing easy accessibility to everyone, worldwide. For those patrons that live just a […]

Grow Your Own: Natural Outdoor Cover for Raising Pheasants

Yes, MacFarlane Pheasants uses huts to shelter our juvenile pheasants in the early part of the spring when they first go outside. But that’s a temporary solution. We intentionally nurture the growth of plants in the pens to provide cover and distraction for the birds. Why? Like that Marvin Gaye song, “ain’t nothing like the […]