Popular Game Birds in 2016-2017

The Chinese Ringneck is our best seller at MacFarlane Pheasants. We expect to sell over 450,000 of these birds in 2016-2017. They are the most popular breed in the United States. Since they were brought here from China in 1881, they have continued to flourish and can be found in over 40 States. Hunters love them for their excellent flying ability and beautiful coloring.

The Chukar Redleg Partridge is originally from Eurasian habitats, so they don’t do the best in snowy cold climates. They like stony desert-like habitats with bushy terrain and a water source. Hunters like them because they have get-up-and-go when flushed, adding excitement to the hunt. Interestingly, they run uphill and flush downhill, giving hunters many chances! Plenty of hunt clubs have the ideal habitat for these birds and we will provide 50,000 of these birds to hunt clubs, during this season.

The French Red-Legged Partridge has been around for centuries. MacFarlane Pheasants raises them from eggs we import from France. They are easy to raise, hardy, can withstand extreme temperatures and are flighty and wild. It is the speed and wildness of these birds that attracts hunters to clubs where they are offered. We will send out about 42,000 of these birds, this year.

The Hungarian Partridges are hardy and like to travel in groups. They are noisy birds, so hunters with a good ear can locate them more easily. Since they have lots of brown markings they blend well with their surroundings. They are one of the game birds that pair up and mate for life; so if you were looking to propagate some birds on a small farm they might be your choice. We expect to ship 40,000 of these birds, this season.

The K-Thunder was a bird developed by a partnership between Thundering Wings Pheasant Farm in Kansas and MacFarlane Pheasants. It is a high flying, smaller bird that gives hunters a run for their money! It is very popular with European customers. We expect to ship 32,500 birds this year.

The Melanistic Mutant is a pure pheasant breed. They are a favorite for release because they have an outstanding ability to survive and reproduce in the wild. Their gorgeous iridescent, greenish-black plumage and their larger size add to their appeal. We expect to ship 10,000 of these birds during the current season.

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