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Let’s be honest, the only rat we want to ever want to see on a farm is named Templeton and is friends with a pig named Wilbur. Read More »

Building a Better Gamebird

On February 17, 2014 in General by spope

Good hunting pheasants don’t just happen. At MacFarlane Pheasants, we understand this, and it’s because of the pains we take with our birds, from their selection, incubation, brooding, and shipping, that have helped us become the number one pheasant supplier in the U.S. But building a better bird begins with the genetics, and ours came direct from the fields of China. Read More »

Once a chick hatches, it is vital to get them to begin feeding as soon as possible. Not only does it give their bodies the proper nutrients required, but it also gets them into the habit of feeding. Read More »

At MacFarlane Pheasants, we’re proud to be the largest day-old pheasant chick and game bird supplier in the U.S. What goes into delivering pheasant chicks? Hatchery Manager and Propagation Coordinator Ben Lawton sat down with GameBirdExpert to talk about it. Read More »

Five years ago, MacFarlane Pheasants received a strange request from a longtime customer: could we raise 200 French Redleg partridges? Read More »

Beating The Odds…

On February 4, 2014 in General by spope

One of the greatest struggles with pheasant chicks in the beginning is getting them to adjust to their new surroundings. These chicks are shipped out as early as one day old, and have a higher mortality rate, as they can be prone to starve outs. Here are some tips that we have learned throughout our years of experience to help prevent this. Read More »

MacFarlane Pheasants uses a two-part setup for rearing chicks. They call it the “A” and “B” room, which is a long barn or space divided into two sections. Read More »

The recent subzero weather has got many bird producers spooked that there might be a glut of pheasants hitting the market. Read More »

Are All Birds Created Equal?

On January 27, 2014 in General by spope

Rarely, if ever, do you hear, “Oh wow! You should come take a look at this two point buck I shot!” It just doesn’t happen. Read More »

It wasn’t the first time. It wasn’t the second. It took a bunch of times for pheasants, which come from Asia, to get situated in their new home of the United States. Read More »