We are always looking for ways to improve our chick ordering procedures at MacFarlane Pheasants. In the past, we used an Excel worksheet to keep track of orders and availability of chicks. Two or three people worked on keeping the worksheet updated.
During the busy season, it was hard to track if we had oversold chicks or if our incubators were at capacity. Our new system will solve that problem. Chris Theisen inputs all production numbers into the chick ordering system. This allows the customers to order chicks online and for the sales staff to take orders in the office.
The new system prevents us from over-selling because we can physically see the up-to-date numbers and the system will not allow us to sell chicks when there aren’t any to sell. Once we have a better idea of the hatching rate and fertility rate (usually three weeks before they hatch) we can increase or decrease production according to sales.
If you would like to get a head start and see how we package chicks for delivery enjoy our article called “An Inside Look at How MacFarlane Pheasants Boxes Chicks for Live Delivery.” Please watch our website for chick availability. We are excited about the 2018 chick season and are sure your needs can be met, as we expect to provide at least 500,000 chicks again this year.
Just an update for our chick customers: The new chick system requires full payment when orders are placed. We will no longer be taking down payments to hold the orders. We look forward to providing the same quality chicks we have sold in prior years. If you have any questions about ordering chicks, please contact April Goble in the office at MacFarlane Pheasants-608-757-7881.