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MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. produces approximately 1.8 million chicks each year. Nearly 500,000 of those chicks are raised to maturity and bought by clubs, governmental agencies and individuals. They are enjoyed for sport and their tasty meat! The rest of the chicks are sold as chicks or started birds. What some of you may not know is that we raise and sell three different types of partridges, also. Let’s take a look at all of these beautiful birds. It’s a good idea to look at all of your choices before deciding on which birds meet your needs. Enjoy the journey! Read More »


The Effects of Rain on a Pheasant Business

Brian Check, one of our farm managers at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. thinks about rain as a “four-letter word” for too much or not enough. Both cases change our seasonal chore routines and affect our pheasants and other wild birds. We have over 100 acres of pens and thousands of birds to worry about, whether it rains or shines! Since we have had such a rainy season this year, we’ll focus on rain for this article. Read More »


April Goble Loves Her Job at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

April Goble’s interview was a delightful look into the life and thoughts of the woman who is the Chick Sales Coordinator at MacFarlane Pheasants. Remember her name because if life goes the way she expects, she will still be here in 30 years. When she was asked what she wants to be doing 30 years from now, she said, “I will still be here at MacFarlane’s getting ready to retire and crying because my son and daughter have their own lives. I’ll be enjoying my grandchildren, though!” Read More »


Conserving Natural Resources at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

In 1999 we received Rock County’s award for outstanding conservation efforts. Outstanding conservation awards go to those farmers who complete 90 percent of their conservation plans. Today, MacFarlane Pheasants continues its dedication to preserving our earth’s natural resources. It is one of our core values. Read More »


MacFarlane Trucks and Drivers Are Ready for the Busy Mature Pheasant Season!

It is the season at MacFarlane Pheasants for preparing to deliver our mature birds. In fact, some deliveries are already on their way! Our maintenance manager, Art Schumacher has provided some details about our delivery trucks and drivers that will assure our customers that we are well prepared for the season. Read More »


Time To Think About Started Birds For 2019!

MacFarlane Pheasants ships out about 22,000 “started birds” each year. Started birds are our 6-week old pheasants that can be put directly into outdoor pens when they ar-rive. They are perfect for the person who wants to grow pheasants but does not have the barn setup or time to raise chicks. This year, Started Bird Season, is coming to a close so it is time to think about orders for 2019. Read More »


MacFarlane Pheasants Welcomes Summer Interns

The Midwest Poultry Consortium Center of Excellence (CEO) benefits students who are interested in strong research-based poultry education. Students from participating sites may take innovative poultry science classes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and take part in internships that will fit into the academic timetable. Credits are transferable to the students’ home university. MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is active in the Midwest Poultry Consortium and regularly takes interns at their farm. This summer we welcomed Caroline Greg from Iowa State University and Reilly Hoefker from South Dakota State University. Both students are taking advantage of the University of Wisconsin classes. Read More »


Welcome to MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. (Herman Smit Interview)

Herman Smit arrived in the United States from a small town called Secunda in South Africa on March 17, 2018. He will spend 10 months at MacFarlane Pheasants before returning to his home. Read More »


Successful Mature Birds Planning for Excellent Deliveries

It is mature bird season at MacFarlane Pheasants! Our customers from all over North America and Canada are anxiously awaiting the arrival of pheasants and partridges from our farm. It takes careful planning to make sure our deliveries run smoothly. Read More »


Lodewyk Davis Takes a Break from his Studies to Work at MacFarlane Pheasants

Lodewyk Davis has been in the United States, working at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. since March 7, 2018. He came here on a work visa from Richards Bay, South Africa. Richards Bay is situated on the Mhiatuze River. It has one of the country’s largest harbors and is the deepest natural harbor in the Southern hemisphere! Lodewyk says his home is close to the ocean and the subtropical climate is quite different from Wisconsin. Lodewyk describes our seasonal changes as “quite dramatic, in comparison.” Read More »