Monthly Archives: October 2015

Secrets to Raising French Partridges

              French Partridges are a little smaller than a pigeon, fast and exciting to hunt, and delicious to eat. They can also be finicky to raise. MacFarlane Pheasants brings in French Partridge eggs from France and hatches them in our hatchery. This past year alone we had three hatches […]

Upcoming Changes in the Spot Market for Gamebirds

The market I grew up with and knew for the years I’ve run our farm, consists of most preserves booking the birds they need before the season, and then the preserves using the “spot” market to fill in at the end of the season.   Factors such as weather, local economic trends, and marketing success (or […]

Employment at MacFarlane Pheasants

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has been in business since 1929. We could not have been so successful over the years without our dedicated employees! What kinds of skills, education, and background are beneficial in working for our company? How are new employees hired? The following information will provide the insight needed to understand our hiring process. […]

Chick Shipping Strategies

Over the 2014 hatching season 1.17 million pheasant chicks went to customers all over the U.S., Canada, and internationally. The majority of these went by U.S. postal service and air freight. The remainder of the chicks were either picked up at the hatchery or delivered in our chick trucks by experienced drivers. In the latter cases, […]

Monitoring Pheasants

Birds and buildings are a big investment and we are constantly looking for ways to protect our livestock and make the most efficient use of our facilities. At a poultry exhibition a year ago I checked out a sensor system designed to monitor everything from temperature to feed and made a purchase. To say our […]

Pheasant Brats

Summer is over and fall is now upon us. Football season is in full gear now so let’s talk tailgating! If bratwurst is your ‘go to’ choice for tailgating, MacFarlane Pheasant Brats are a great alternative. Remember, our pheasants are fed natural grains, no antibiotics, hormones or animal by-products. When we process the meat, we […]

Back to the Past – Manchurian Project – Part 2

I went to China in 1994, as part of a People-to-People delegation, and we went to Changchun, the province where our original set of Manchurian pheasant eggs had been collected. The trip, as well as an explanation of our research into the Manchurian Pheasants, is chronicled in a slide show on our website – […]