Category Archives: Chick production

135,000 Pheasant Eggs Left for Europe on May 17, 2016

MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has burned the midnight oil to prepare for a shipment of 135,000 pheasant eggs that left for Europe from Chicago O’Hare Airport on May 17, 2016. It takes a lot of people-power to put together a shipment of this size, and communication is the key. The office was busy getting numbers, health […]

It’s Time to Order Your Day Old Chicks!

There are some fabulous deals on chicks during June at MacFarlane Pheasants. K-Thunder Cocks-available for order June 14, 2016 K-Thunders are a high flying bird that is a smaller blue backed pheasant with excellent tail quality. Mature birds are 2.25 to 2.5 pounds for cocks and 1.6-1.8 pounds for hens. The lighter weight makes it […]

Hatching Time At MacFarlane Pheasants

It’s hatching time at MacFarlane Pheasant Farm, and we are busy! We will have about 40 hatches of Ringneck Pheasants between February and August of this year. Each hatch varies, but we will typically have about 16,000 Ringneck chicks per hatch. We have also begun the hatching of Hungarian Partridges (Huns) and French Partridges. We […]

The Journey from Chick to Mature Pheasant-We can help!

Are you interested in raising pheasant chicks to maturity on your own farm? You won’t want to miss our excellent resource, The Insider’s Guide to Pheasant Rearing, where you’ll find tips and tricks to help you start preparing for an exciting pheasant raising adventure. Here are some of the questions you’ll find answers to in […]

New Chicks in the Hen Barn

                            Right before the new white pheasant chicks hatch we need to get busy preparing for their arrival. The day they hatch, they are brought to the hen barn; therefore we set up the barn in advance by doing the following steps: […]

Planning Ahead for Newly Hatched Chicks

One of the more exciting moments on our farm is when baby chicks begin to hatch. However, there are many steps to complete in the brooder barns before hatching begins, to prepare for the 500,000 chicks we hatch each year. Planning Ahead Set up a master schedule of when we will get hatches (this schedule […]

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 […]

An Inside Look at How MacFarlane Pheasants Boxes Chicks for Live Delivery

  In an average year, MacFarlane Pheasants ships over a million chicks to its customers. Great precision and planning goes into boxing and shipping our chicks to ensure that they arrive healthy and ready to be raised. There are usually only two people counting and packing the chicks but when we need to do sexing, […]

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, […]

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 […]