Category Archives: Feed

Feed and Water Systems-Critical Concerns

Maintaining your feed and water systems is critical to keeping your game birds healthy. Be prepared to spend time checking feed and water systems in all barns at least three times every day of the week. If there are problems with either of the systems that are not recognized in a one-day cycle, your birds […]

Feeding Pheasants

At MacFarlane Pheasant Farm, we take our protein very seriously. Years of work and study and hands-on research has shown us the optimum diet for raising healthy gamebirds on a farm. In the wild, pheasants eat grain, insects, worms, and pretty much anything they can peck at – even if it’s not good for them. […]


We’ve been trying out GroGel on some of our hatchlings to see if that extra little boost can cut down on mortality rates, and we’ve been seeing some good success. Right now we use it with the Hungarian Partridges because the chicks start out on tables, and the white pheasants. If you don’t know about […]

Reconciling Our Pheasants’ Feed

Keeping track of how much feed we’ve got coming in during a week, month, or year adds up with a farm the size of MacFarlane Pheasants. We’ve learned early on to monitor how much feed has come in and especially how much we paid for it. It takes good book keeping, but here’s how we […]

Feed prices and their effect on Gamebirds prices

Nothing is sure but death and taxes . . . and that costs continue to go up when raising Gamebirds. Although I use pheasants as the focus of this article, the points made are just as true for partridges and quail. It takes about 18 lbs. of feed to raise a May hatched pheasant to […]

How to Order a Pheasants’ Feed

MacFarlane Pheasants burns through a lot of feed every year. We’ve been working on our ordering system to make it as easy as possible and reduce the possibility of mistakes. Here’s what we’ve found. Our managers turn in their feed orders to Chris Theisen, our production manager. Chris knows the codes, and he makes sure […]

The Feed Vacuum

When it comes to building a better mousetrap, MacFarlane Pheasants is still looking, just like we’re always searching for ways to make our job easier. That’s the reason behind the feed vacuum, which we purchased three years ago and have implemented ever since. Far from a gimmick, the “feed vac” makes us more efficient and […]

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, […]

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 […]

Dollar, Dollar Bills: Managing a Commercial Gamebird Feed Budget

Every year MacFarlane Pheasants raises 450,000 pheasants for hunters around the world—and that’s not even counting our French Redleg Partridges, Hungarian partridges, and white pheasants. But a bird’s got to eat! We buy 6,500 tons of feed per year for our birds. (To put in perspective, 20 tons is about the size of school bus.) […]