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Waterline Testing

On July 7, 2015 in General by spope

Waterline Testing

Good quality water – outside or in the barns – keeps your pheasants and other gamebirds  healthy. At MacFarlane Pheasant we use the water lines to deliver probiotics or vitamins, but the very thing that makes them healthier, can also linger in the lines and form a build-up that can harbor bacteria. Read More »


Catching Pheasants

On June 19, 2015 in General by spope

Catching Pheasants

When pheasants are going out to customers, we generally do the catching and crating in the morning. The crates are set up in a catch pen and we put straw in them the night before. Birds are herded into a lane between the main pen and catch pen and provided with food and water. Read More »


Dressed Pheasants

On June 17, 2015 in Dressed by spope

Dressed Pheasants

That plump, meaty pheasant breast on your dinner plate at home or at the restaurant actually came from a white pheasant. No, not an albino, but a pheasant with no pigment in its feathers – a genetic variation. Read More »


Fleet Vehicle Maintenance

On June 12, 2015 in General by spope

Fleet Vehicle Maintenance

When you are transporting live cargo, like chicks or pheasants, the importance of vehicle maintenance can’t be over-emphasized. Read More »


Biosecurity Precautions

On June 9, 2015 in General by spope

Biosecurity Precautions

Although birds by nature have a hardy constitution, and we breed them and raise them that way, it still makes sense to take as many precautions as we can to insure their health. Read More »


Shipping Chicks to Canada

Trucking pheasant chicks across the country is complicated–there’s routing, crating, dropping off schedules, creating drivers’ schedules, arranging deliveries to reduce costs for us and our customers, road construction, and the weather. This spring, we had more hoops to jump through because of Avian Influenza embargoes. Read More »


Disinfecting Barns

On June 2, 2015 in General by spope

Disinfecting Barns

We are constantly rotating birds out of barns, and chicks into those barns to then be transitioned to the outdoors. Everything has to be cleaned, washed, dried, disinfected and then sprayed down to prevent bacteria problems. Read More »


Pheasant Pen Transitioning

On May 29, 2015 in General by spope

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 move from the inside to the outside. Read More »


GroGel

On May 27, 2015 in Chicks by spope

GroGel

We’ve been trying out GroGel on some of our hatchlings to see if that extra little boost can cut down on mortality rates, and we’ve been seeing some good success. Read More »


MacFarlane's New Weed Wicker

We’re always looking for ways to do our jobs more efficiently on the pheasant farm and maintain the quality of the environment for our birds. It’s not that we shy away from work, but working smarter is always better. Read More »