Monthly Archives: August 2014

A Tale of Two Soils: Managing Natural Cover

While MacFarlane Pheasants may run like a well-oiled machine, we actually are divided in half. Around half of our pheasants are raised on our Janesville farm, and the other half is raised just down the road at our Milton farm. But though both of these locations serve the same purpose, they vary distinctly in their […]

New Irrigator

Here in Janesville, WI we are blessed and cursed with sandy soil. On one hand, the sandy soil is great for pheasants. Not only do we find that we have less diseases, but it is easier on our birds’ tails as well. These birds have a tendency to dig or peck at the ground, and […]

Every Bird Counts: Catching Escaped Pheasants On The Farm

MacFarlane Pheasants may be the largest pheasant farm in the United States, but we’re far from just an industrial bird factory. Our founders are hunters themselves, and that individual experience with the sport informs all our decisions with every bird we raise. That care extends into all aspects of our pheasants’ lives, including our inspection […]

The Importance Of Feed And Water Space

At MacFarlane Pheasants, our approach to pheasant rearing is based on science and refined by experience. Nowhere is that more apparent than the care we take in the brooder barns, where we’ve developed time-tested ratios to ensure that every bird has a place at the feed and water stations. Everything a pheasant chick needs—heat, water, […]

MacFarlane Pheasants Hatches Its Last Batch Of Chicks For The Season

On Monday MacFarlane Pheasants hatched our last group of day-old pheasant chicks. It’s been a cracker of a year—we produced over 1.6 million day-old pheasant chicks last year alone—but this final batch for 2014 still illustrates the care we take in ensuring you receive your chicks thriving and ready to grow toward those exciting fall […]

The Effect of Light Levels on Developing Birds

As chicks grow into adult birds, their light requirements should change. It’s not just for convenience; higher light means the birds are more active, and active older birds fly into walls, injuring themselves. At MacFarlane Pheasants, we’ve learned how to adjust the levels accordingly. By manipulating light levels, you can ensure your chicks establish themselves […]

Ventilation in the Brooder Barns

Fresh air is a must in the brooder barns for MacFarlane Pheasants’ chicks and juveniles. Consistent airflow dumps carbon dioxide and brings in oxygen for the birds to breathe. Fresh air also cuts the humidity, which, if left unchecked, can allow mold to grown and respiratory ailments to form. But especially in cooler weather, too […]

A Pheasant Farm’s Most Wanted List

When you’re running the largest pheasant farm in the U.S., everybody wants a piece—including some of nature’s most wily predators. At MacFarlane Pheasants, raising pheasants also includes protecting them from unwanted visitors, and in our home in Janesville, Wisc., we’ve gotten to know all the local troublemakers. The below animals comprise our list of repeat […]

Better Bedding For Pheasant Care

At MacFarlane Pheasants, we’ve become the largest pheasant producer in North America in part because of our innovation. All of the decisions we make in the care of our birds, from the smallest to the greatest, are because they result in a better, wilder bird. That includes the choices we make in our birds’ bedding. […]

All Pheasant Feed Is Not Created Equal

Pheasant feed, just like sausages, come a wide range of qualities, and like many things in life, you get what you pay for. But a good feed’s importance can’t be overemphasized: it directly contributes to our birds’ performance in the hunt. That’s why MacFarlane Pheasants, America’s largest pheasant farm, goes the extra mile in purchasing […]