Category Archives: Barns

10 Ways To Get the Most Out Of Brooder Barns

MacFarlane Pheasants has 9 barns on our Janesville, Wisconsin farm and 2 barns in Milton, Wisconsin. The barns range in size from roughly 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. These barns are obviously an enormous asset and we have to be sure they are cared for accordingly. About 500,000 birds go through the barns […]

Importance of Water Line Sanitation

Water is essential for life and is considered an essential nutrient. Death will occur quickly in both plants and animals when insufficient water is available. Good quality water will also give a better quality of life to both plants and animals so it is very important to make sure you are providing clean, good quality […]

Brooder Crew is Busy During the off Season

The Brooder Crew is a critical part of the MacFarlane Pheasant team! There are 8- 10 full time employees during the chick rearing season, but during the off season a few of the employees  go on to other jobs on the farm.  The off season brooder crew (3-5 employees) works seven days a week. Each […]

The Brooder Off-Season Transition

As our Wisconsin weather changes from summer to fall, we are also in a time of transition at MacFarlane Pheasants. Our last hunt bird chick hatch, consisting of Ringneck pheasants and partridges, occurred on August 18. As a result, there are some changes ahead for our birds and our employees. Our chicks will be on […]

Brooder Barn

At MacFarlane Farms we believe the best way to have strong healthy birds is to start out with the best brooder barn you can set up. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is that the structure you are using is draft -free, clean and that it has the appropriate light, heat, feed and water. […]

Air Flow in Barns

Air movement in the barns plays an important role in keeping game birds healthy. When the temperature starts to change in the spring and the fall, we have to adjust so the birds can get acclimated enough to go outside without problems. Being able to do this involves getting the inside temperature equal to the […]

Brooder Maintenance in the Pheasant Barns

Maintaining equipment at a farm the size of MacFarlane Pheasants is a job that requires attention. If you give it attention, then your equipment will work through its expected lifetime. If you forget, things break down and you have to spend even more time getting them back to working order. One of the most important […]

Cleaning Out Barns After Pheasants

After the last bird is out of the barns, we have to clean. It’s important because it makes sure bacteria doesn’t spring up. Here’s how we do it. Once the barn is empty of birds, we take down the jet tube, which connects to the air circulation system. It can get full of dust. We […]

MacFarlane Pheasants’ Future: Moving Dust and New Construction

MacFarlane Pheasants enjoys challenges created by the ever-increasing demand for pheasants and pheasant products. To accommodate our customers, we must grow to keep up with it. There are big things in the works, and here are just a few. In the spring we were informed by one of our landlords that the land we had […]

Out With the Old…

Well, it is official. As of yesterday morning, our “White House” is no more.  The brooder barn that we had been renting, and playfully named the “White House,” was torn down.  The neighboring John Deere business purchased the building/land and gave us ample notice that they were not going to keep the building. We had […]