• Shipping Chicks Safely During Cold Weather Months

    At MacFarlane Pheasant Farm, ensuring the safety and well-being of our pheasant chicks is our top priority, no matter the season. Shipping chicks during the colder months presents unique challenges, but with careful planning, we ensure that our chicks reach their destinations safe and sound. Committing to quality and safety, we guarantee [...]

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  • We Protect Our Pheasant Chicks with Grow Gel Before Shipping

    We use Grow Gel with our newborn chicks at MacFarlane Pheasants because it provides immediate hydration and nutrition. Grow Gel is a powder mixed with water to form a gel-like substance. It has a bright green color that attracts the chicks to the feed source. This gel mixture perfectly supplements new [...]

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  • What Is The Process For Getting Our Mature Pheasants Shipped From MacFarlane Pheasants?

    The plan for shipping our mature pheasants from MacFarlane Pheasants begins with our customers confirming their yearly bird numbers in the spring! Our mature sales' staff begins working diligently to give our customers an idea of the delivery schedule that matches the time they want to have their birds delivered. [...]

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  • Truck Drivers Needed at MacFarlane Pheasants in Janesville, WI

    MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. is beginning one of the busiest times of the year. We are delivering mature pheasants and chukars across the United States and Canada, and we need drivers! MacFarlane Pheasants is a thriving wild bird business because many of our customers come back yearly. They know that they [...]

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  • Preparing For Egg Laying Season in Missouri

    MacFarlane Pheasants raises breeder hens in Missouri at three sites. Troy Cisewski, our Director of Production, is responsible for overseeing the three sites we have there. They are all located within a 30-minute driving distance of each other, and there are four production barns at each site. The Missouri breeder [...]

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  • Preparing Chicks for Shipment Through the US Postal System

    MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. ships approximately 1.2 million chicks through the postal system each year. Shipping that many chicks requires a great deal of planning before they reach their final destinations. Each week (March – July), we hatch 100,000 chicks. We hatch on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of those weeks. Thursday [...]

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  • What Makes May the Busiest time for Chick Season?

    May is the busiest time during MacFarlane Pheasants’ chick season. Why, you might ask? Our customers are preparing for the fall season to either release birds into the wild or prepare for the upcoming hunting season. Chicks born in May reach full maturity in late August and September, making it [...]

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  • Truck and Trailer Maintenance Is a High Priority Job

    We have a three-person staff performing the maintenance of our delivery trucks, led by our Maintenance Manager, Don Janes.  Keagan Strange manages the drivers and schedules vehicles for deliveries. He also handles the licensing and compliance. These important jobs keep our trucks and trailers in tip-top shape, our drivers informed, and [...]

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  • A Day in The Life of the Hatchery Manager and Chick Deliveries

    Keagan Strange, MacFarlane’s Hatchery Manager, typically starts his day arriving at the hatchery between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. This gives him time to get organized for the day before other employees begin arriving between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. • On Monday-Wednesday, hatchery employees are filling orders. This includes packing [...]

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  • MacFarlane Pheasants Bought Three New Ford Cargo Vans to Deliver Chicks and Eggs

    On March 20, 2019, three new high roof cargo vans with gas engines went into service at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. We bought them because we needed vehicles that were 100% reliable and we had been having some problems with the Sprinters. We feel confident that these vehicles will meet our [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • MacFarlane Pheasants is Excited About Ruff Tough Kennels for Gamebird Shipping

    We are in the process of switching over to plastic crates from Ruff Tough Kennels, to ship our pheasants and partridges. Eventually, wood crates will be outlawed because they are not able to be disinfected, easily. This is why plastic crates are a big deal in the game bird industry, [...]

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  • Semi-Trucks Deliver More Pheasants!

    Delivering our pheasants and other wild birds efficiently and cost- effectively is very important to us at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. That is why we leased the incredible semi-truck you see in these pictures. Our load capacity with smaller trucks was 650 bird crates. Currently, thanks to the leased semi-truck, our [...]

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  • Reasons Why Buyers Prefer MacFarlane Pheasants

    The number one trait buyers look for in a pen raised bird is performance like a bird naturally found in the wild. We have literally used a lifetime of experience to raise all of our pheasants with the attributes of a perfect wild pheasant. Our birds are uniform in size [...]

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  • Game Bird Delivery Season in the United States and Canada

    We have begun shipping pheasants, French partridges, Hungarian partridges, and Chukar partridges from MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. for the season lasting from the middle of August until March of 2018. Our drivers have already traveled to Canada, Montana, South Dakota, Idaho, and Colorado since the middle of August and we are [...]

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  • How do we ship game birds?

    MacFarlane Pheasants Inc. ships pheasants and other game birds in shipping crates built by a dedicated on-staff carpenter. Basically, we use what we call a warm weather small crate and a cold weather large crate. Recently, we began trying out the use of manufactured plastic crates.  Avian Influenza is a [...]

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  • Sharing Our Daily Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection

    Every day is an adventure in the Maintenance Department at MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc. We take care of 4 Kenworth trucks, 3 Freightliner trucks, 2 Mercedes Sprinter vans, a Ford F 550 truck, and a Ford F 450 truck.  We make a lot of deliveries from our farm and it is just [...]

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  • An Inside Look at How MacFarlane Pheasants Boxes Chicks for Live Delivery

    In an average year, MacFarlane Pheasants ships over a million chicks to its customers. Great precision and planning goes into boxing and shipping our chicks to ensure that they arrive healthy and ready to be raised. There are usually only two people counting and packing the chicks but when we [...]

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  • Chick Shipping Strategies

    Over the 2014 hatching season 1.17 million pheasant chicks went to customers all over the U.S., Canada, and internationally. The majority of these went by U.S. postal service and air freight. The remainder of the chicks were either picked up at the hatchery or delivered in our chick trucks by experienced [...]

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  • International Pheasant Chicks

    We’ve got a month or two left of our international shipping window for chicks and eggs. Space has to be booked with the airlines three to four weeks in advance to guarantee room and to make airlines aware we are shipping live cargo. Live cargo – eggs or chicks – [...]

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