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The History of MacFarlane Pheasants, Part 2: All in the Family

Don and Ken MacFarlane grew up together on a farm 10 miles east of Janesville, Wisconsin, that their grandfather had established in 1849 when he emigrated from Scotland. Read More »


The History of MacFarlane Pheasants, Part 1: The Making of the Farm

William (Bill) MacFarlane, the president of MacFarlane Pheasants, has been leading the business for 36 years, but the evolution of the company began 86 years ago with the dreams of Bill’s uncle, Ken MacFarlane. Read More »


Great Customer Service Is the Key to Success

Our customers are the reason we are in business at MacFarlane Pheasants! Our customers depend on us to be experts about our birds, to raise them in the most ideal environment, to ship them with expertise, and to answer questions with speed and accuracy. Read More »


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.  Read More »


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 with 12,000 chicks in each hatch. Read More »


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. Read More »


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! Read More »


Monitoring Pheasants

On October 5, 2015 in General by spope

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. Read More »


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. Read More »


Peeping Our Pheasants

On October 1, 2015 in General by spope

Peeping Our Pheasants

Peepers, also known as blinders, are small devices that are put on our pheasants’ beaks to block their forward vision and prevent them from having a direct line of sight to other birds. Read More »