Monthly Archives: April 2014

Our Tips For Increasing Egg Production

The fact that egg production begins in spring is not a coincidence. This instinctive process is in response to the longer daylight hours. As a farm that hatches more than 1.5 million chicks, we have put an enormous amount of time and energy into finding successful ways to increase egg production. We would like to share […]

Pheasants On The Phone

You call MacFarlane Pheasants, and we answer. Here at the farm, our five gals in the main office are ninjas when it comes to customer support and service, and they’re ready to help you with whatever pheasant questions you have. The most common questions during this point in the year are not how to take […]

How We Prevent Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza is a virus that can quickly wreak havoc on a flock if not managed carefully. Symptoms can include swelling of the head, lack of energy or appetite, decreased egg production or even death. With our high production rates season after season, we take every precaution to ward of this illness. This starts […]

Even MacFarlane Pheasants Gets the Late Winter Blues

Last year, in Montana and elsewhere, spring snows delayed the pheasant breeding season. If you were hoping for any difference this year, boy, do we have news for you. “We often get late winter and early spring snow events that can delay nesting, but as of now, the winter shouldn’t have had a huge impact […]

Time For Dinner!!

According to the Bureau of Statistics, (, 59% of American families have households where two parents are working. In years past, one parent was considered the breadwinner, while the other parent was responsible for mealtime and household chores. Traditionally, mealtime was nothing short of an art form, where everything was made from scratch and took […]

Does Actor and Outdoorsman Michael Keaton Hunt MacFarlane Pheasants?

It’s no secret that actor Michael Keaton, who’s starred in such classics as Beetlejuice, Mr. Mom, and Batman, is a passionate outdoorsman. He’s appeared on the TV show Buccaneers & Bones fly fishing for tarpon, and he’s chosen Big Timber, Montana, as home. But did you know he’s also an avid pheasant hunter? And that […]

2014 Breeder Flock Update

Our breeders are finally approaching full production.  This spring has been unusually cold, and the final traces of snow just melted here in the past week.  Until this week, our overnight lows were still consistently below freezing which makes both watering and egg collection difficult for our staff.  Our breeder manager Troy Cisewski has been […]

Staff Development at MacFarlane Pheasants

MacFarlane Pheasants has been able provide the best pheasants in the United States since 1929 because of one reason: our staff. At full strength MacFarlane has 85 full- and part-time employees, and when it’s egg season (right now), we bring on another 30. They are our most valuable resource, and just like we’re building a […]

Birds On Top of Birds: Preventing Piling with Partridge Chicks

Partridges can pile plenty, and that’s a fact, Jack. MacFarlane Pheasants raises a number of partridge varieties every year, including French Redleg, Hungarian, Chukar, and Chukar/Redleg Cross partridges. And we raise a lot: up to 12,000 at a time. But these small birds have their own host of issues that make them more challenging to […]

The Big Cost of Small Birds: Chukars and Partridges Versus Pheasants

There’s a lot to that old saying “Bigger isn’t always better,” and at MacFarlane Pheasants, we know that good things come in small packages. Besides pheasants, we also raise smaller birds for the hunting season, including French Redleg, Hungarian, Chukar, and Chukar/Redleg Cross partridges. These birds are often a third of the size of a […]