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All About Barn Housekeeping at MacFarlane’s

It is extremely important to maintain a clean, dry environment for our birds to live in while they are in our barns. Usually the housekeeping is done during our regular barn chores. However, sometimes the cleaning takes a little longer, so we add an extra crew member to speed up the process. That might mean adding a time in our schedule for barn housekeeping after lunch and before afternoon barn checks. Once a barn is flagged for housekeeping, we make it a priority to get it done right away. Read More »


The How and Why of Peeping Pheasant Chicks

Pheasant peeping is typically done when chicks are 5 weeks of age. We want to keep them as healthy as possible and chicks tend to pick at each other. That sounds almost simplistic, but we are talking some serious picking here! They will pull out feathers and grab onto skin with their sharp beaks with an intensity that can lead to infections and even death. Read More »


Information Technology at MacFarlane Pheasants

One of the major goals of technology is to make sending and receiving information easy and efficient. We often forget there is someone behind the scenes who makes sure the internet stays running, backs up and reboots the system, keeps everything running smoothly and is the main contact to the IT company we use. Read More »


How Do We Communicate Efficiently?

Communication on the different MacFarlane Pheasant farms is a high priority. Two-way radios are a form of communication we have used for at least 25 years. We added a repeater about 15 years ago. Read More »


10 Ways To Get the Most Out Of Brooder Barns

MacFarlane Pheasants has 9 barns on our Janesville, Wisconsin farm and 2 barns in Milton, Wisconsin. The barns range in size from roughly 4,000 square feet to 15,000 square feet. These barns are obviously an enormous asset and we have to be sure they are cared for accordingly. About 500,000 birds go through the barns each year! Here are 10 ways we work to get the most out of our barns on a daily basis: Read More »


Intern Keagan Strange Carries on the Internship Tradition Between MacFarlane Pheasants and Kansas State University

Keagan Strange learned about the internship program between Kansas State University and MacFarlane Pheasants three years ago. Bill MacFarlane came to the University and spoke to students about the gamebird business and the internship program that Bill and others had founded 8 years ago. Read More »


When Can We Stop Worrying About Biosecurity?

Biosecurity-the methods and protocols established to keep animals safe from contagious diseases, parasites, and pests are continuously evaluated. When there was an outbreak of HPAI in the Midwest in the spring of 2015, we increased our biosecurity standards beyond the strict protocols we already had in place. HPAI is Avian Influenza, informally called bird flu. It is a highly contagious disease among birds and if it spreads throughout a farm, it can be quite deadly. So, sure we worry, but mostly we take action, by following our regularly updated biosecurity plans. Read More »


Awesome Intern Program at MacFarlane Pheasants

The intern program at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. has been in operation for many years. Interns come from near and far to learn about the pheasant business. Our office interns are from various colleges throughout Wisconsin. Other interns work directly with the birds and come from the Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence (COE) and Kansas State University. Read More »


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 certificates, coordinating drivers, and scheduling flights for the eggs. Many people were involved in boxing the eggs and getting the eggs ready for shipping. Read More »


It’s Time to Order Your Day Old Chicks!

There are some fabulous deals on chicks during June at MacFarlane Pheasants. Read More »