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Hatchery Manager Retires from MacFarlane Pheasants After 31 Years

Ben Lawton, one of the most universally respected people in the pheasant business, has retired from MacFarlane Pheasants after 31 years. Brad Lillie, Chief Financial Officer describes him as “one of the hardest working and most motivated individuals I have ever known.” Ben’s accomplishments over 30 years at MacFarlane Pheasants have earned the respect of everyone here at the farm, but also national and international respect as a game bird expert. Read More »


Watch for Our 2017 Chick Catalog!

On January 19, 2017 in Chicks by spope

Watch for Our 2017 Chick Catalog!

Think spring! We are so excited to tell you that our 2017 chick catalog has gone to press! Read More »


Winter in the Brooder Barns Keeps Employees Vigilant

The below 0 degree temperatures and wind chill days, this week, have been busy times in the brooder barns. We pay special attention to our birds when it is so cold, but the real work begins BEFORE the first hard frost. When we start to have cooler nights, we go around the farm turning on baseboard heaters to heat the boot room areas to make sure they are operating properly, before the big freezes! Read More »


The Mature Game Bird Season is A Continuous Cycle

We begin shipping mature game bird at the end of July and finish up in early April, but the process for making sure you get a delivery begins much sooner! If you want to make sure you get the number of pheasants (all breeds), French partridges or Hungarian partridges you want for next year, it is not too early to begin planning. Read More »


Pheasant Traits Hunters Love to See in the Wild

Pheasant hunters love to explore the beauty of the woods, fields, and habitats during the fall and winter season. Typically, only one or two pheasants can be bagged per day in Wisconsin (more in some states), during the hunting season, but the opportunity to see these beautiful birds up close is priceless and an extension of the hunting experience. Read More »


Have a Very Gourmet Christmas and a Grand New Year

I don’t know about you, but the holidays seem to bring out the gourmet chef in me! We have scaled back on gifts at my house and have been splurging on having a pot luck of delicious foods. Pheasant has been a frequent request! I have served it baked with rice, in a pheasant pot pie, a pheasant pizza, a pheasant salad, and even on the grill. Read More »


Winterizing Pens Keeps Game Bird Farmers Busy

On any given day at MacFarlane Pheasants, 3-6 people are kept busy winterizing the pens that hold pheasants, partridges, and huns. Typically, this work begins in October, as the temperature starts to get colder. The process we follow is repeated yearly, during the fall. Just like many jobs on a game bird farm, processes are repeated seasonally to make sure our pheasant population is well protected all year long. Read More »


Memories from Early Winter in the MacFarlane History

As the cold settled in this past week, I was reminded of the Great Armistice Day Storm of 1940. Ken MacFarlane, Uncle to Bill MacFarlane, died in this infamous storm. He had gone duck hunting with friends on the Upper Mississippi on November 11,1940 and never returned. Read More »


10 Christmas Ideas for Your Pheasant Loving Friends

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas and we are so happy to offer you some exciting choices for your pheasant loving friends and family!  Items can be purchased at our store in Janesville or online and we are sure that your gifts will delight the recipients and arrive on time! MacFarlane Pheasants’ employees pride themselves on quality service. Read More »


Clean Water is the Life Blood of Living Things

Water is needed for all of the organic processes necessary for life. It regulates body temperature, digestion, and elimination of waste. Game birds consume at least twice as much water as feed and it is a big responsibility at MacFarlane Pheasants to keep our water clean and flowing. It is also an easy and cost effective avenue to administer nutrients, acidifiers, and vaccines that our thousands of birds need to ensure good health. Read More »

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