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Managing Summer Cover in Flight Pens is Critically Important

Ground cover in flight pens is critically important to protect pheasants and other wild birds at MacFarlane Pheasants. It requires time and energy to plan and manage the cover, but it is well worth it. Read More »


How to Prepare for a Delivery of Mature Birds from MacFarlane Pheasants

If you have ordered mature birds for the 2020 season, it is time to prepare for your delivery. We plan carefully to make your deliveries go as smoothly as possible. Read More »


How Do Mature Pheasant Deliveries Work?

Sarah Baker, MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.’s Mature Pheasant Sales Coordinator, and Chris Theisen, Logistics manager have a system in place for our deliveries with many steps to plan a well-organized delivery. If you contact Sarah at 608-314-3461 she will be able to take your orders. Read More »


Peepers Protect Pheasants!

On February 13, 2020 in Mature Birds by spope

Peepers Protect Pheasants!

Raising pheasants has some situations where the pheasants need to be protected from themselves. Read More »


Mature Pheasants Are Still Available At MacFarlane Pheasants, Inc.

We have shipped out 221,000 pheasants and 88,000 partridges from MacFarlane Pheasants, so far this year. Pheasants have been delivered throughout the Midwest, Florida, Texas, Washington, Oregon, Montana, Wyoming, Washington, and Canada. Read More »


Managing Ground Cover In Game Bird Pens

The main purpose of the time and money put into flight pens is to keep game birds in and predators out. It sounds very simple, but in addition to building the pens, the process isn’t complete until you learn how to manage the ground cover that must be provided in the flight pens. Read More »


Hungarian Partridges Are Raised at MacFarlane Pheasants

The Hungarian partridge is also known as a gray partridge, an English partridge, or simply called a “Hun.” The Hun is a small bird with a short neck and tail and tends to be a little skittish, but quite beautiful. Read More »


MacFarlane’s Birds Sometimes Escape from Outside Pens

We call birds that escape from our outside pens strays. Though we do everything we can to prevent the birds from escaping, it does happen. When it does, it is an all-out emergency! Read More »


Life on MacFarlane Pheasants’ Milton, Wisconsin Farm

Our Milton farm has about 40 acres under nets. We have three brooding barns and raised about 72,000 pheasants this year. We predominately raise the Kansas strain. What we call Kansas birds were bred and developed by the late Bernie Janssen, a longtime gamebird farmer from Kansas. Bernie bred his birds to have blue backs. The Kansas birds are a small pheasant - the cocks weigh 2.25 - 2.4 lbs. and the hens weigh 1.4 - 1.7 lbs. at maturity. The birds have a very erect posture. Read More »


How Do We Triage a Major Weather Event at MacFarlane Pheasants Inc.?

Major snowstorms or freezing rain events can be disastrous at MacFarlane Pheasants! Before and after these events we have a plan to protect our game birds. We watch the weather carefully and check our birds night and day during the winter to be sure all heaters are working, that our birds have feed and water, and that all fences and netting are in working order. After the event, employees triage the entire farm to determine if there is damage and if so, what our priorities are for addressing the issues. I’ve listed some typical priorities after a storm emergency. Read More »