Category Archives: Pens

6 Feed and Water Procedures to Keep MacFarlane Pheasants Healthy

Feed and water are the life source for our game birds. Our system for making sure our     pheasants and other game birds stay healthy, by receiving proper hydration and nutrition, has 6 main procedures: We check feed and water systems daily, and each time we enter a room or pen where our birds our housed. […]

We Irrigate Because Better Cover Equals Better Birds

Maintaining cover in outside flight pens is important work at MacFarlane Pheasants. Check out my post from last November to learn about the types of ground cover we use and other important facts about maintaining cover in outside pens. We must maintain a balance of moisture in the pens. This is important because mud can […]

The Delicate Balance Between Groundcover and Pen Netting

     It is a delicate balance to protect our pheasants and partridges in the outside pens where they live during the winter months before being sold.  Nets, 8-12 feet off the ground cover the 100 acres of pens where we house our birds.  The grounds inside the pens are developed with ground cover, as […]

Keeping Wild Birds off of Game Farms

MacFarlane Pheasants has over 150 acres of netted covered pens. When you are dealing with this much land, you can expect to have a few furry or feathered visitors! Keeping those visitors off of our property is extremely important in the prevention of the spread of diseases and the predation of our birds. We have […]

Flight Pens

One of the biggest investments you make on a game bird farm is flight pens. If you are buying birds from MacFarlane farms, we’ve got a vested interest in you succeeding, so we’re not shy about sharing our flight pen plans. Remember, the main purpose of the structure is to keep birds in and predators […]

Pheasant Pen Transitioning

It isn’t easy transitioning birds from the barns indoors, to the pens outside.  Although we like to have a little bit of cover started in the pheasant pens when we move the birds out, sometimes the weather doesn’t completely cooperate. We do a couple of things to lessen the shock for the birds when they […]

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 […]

The Wide World of Pheasant Pens

MacFarlane Pheasants has big news: We’re expecting! That’s right, by the end of July the U.S.’s largest pheasant farm will be the proud parent of two shiny, new outdoor pheasant pens. Our extra space couldn’t come at a better time. As you might expect, we’re approaching the meat of our busy season. Fully-grown pheasants in […]

Pens on our Game Bird Farm

All game bird farms are unique. They all have a certain way of doing things to increase productivity that has worked for them, and our farm is not any different. We have over 100 acres of pens that are used to provide housing to the partridges and pheasants that are shipped every year. We create […]

We’re building more pens

Our “main” farm (where our office is located and our maintenance shop, etc) was acquired by my dad from John Lasse in 1953. Right across the highway is another farm, purchased by my dad from John’s brother Alfred Lasse around 1957. In the 60’s and 70’s we had breeders and also many small brooder houses […]