Thank you for your interest in Elkhorn Farms and Hatchery’s chicks. We are currently taking orders for the 2021 season for day-old pheasant chicks and partially and fully adult birds. The order form on this site cannot be completed  online. Please  print out the form and fill in and return to us, or email us for Order form 2021 and letter. Or call us at 419.562.6131.

Photo credit: Chip Gross
Photo credit: Chip Gross

The wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and … the ingenuity and perseverance of a pheasant producer is what it took to get through 2020. We, like many others, wondered just what the future held when closings were announced. Adapting to the situation involved finding homes for
20,000 eggs and dressed pheasant from cancelled orders which ended up blessing five local food banks.

Add to this the stress of the employee market. Our work force saw an overturn of ten folks in two months. We hunkered down and kept on going, eventually enjoying a bumper year of hunting and pheasant sales. God is good.

But folks want to be outdoors! Demand for fishing and hunting supplies, shells and hunting/fishing licenses are climbing high.

Meanwhile, we are looking toward 2021 as a pendulum year. Those who didn’t order enough last year will order and raise more this year. So, get contracts on the birds you raise! As Sam says, who needs the lottery when you raise gamebirds?

Solid commitments work both ways to benefit the whole industry,
1.) by allowing the producer to know what sales to anticipate, and
2.) by assuring the end user the birds he expects.

The Postal Service has had its share of difficulties, with staff and resources spread paper thin. We will do our best to get you birds alive and well.

Always, always, remember your national organization that is working to keep clubs as well as farms open and operational. The North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) is your game farm and hunt club union representing your needs before government agencies. I encourage you to join. Northamericangamebird.com

Buckle up for 2021!
Peg & Sam Ballou
Ruth and Samuel

Please note the need for biosecurity. Our breeder flock and older birds are regularly tested as part of the NPIP (National Poultry Improvement Plan) and we hold to the North American Gamebird Association standards.  Keep vigilant and join the North American Gamebird Association (NAGA) for the information, support and political clout it gives. Now more than ever we need to band together to keep our businesses, our freedoms and our guns. (www.northamericangamebird.com)


Photo credit: Chip Gross

Our pheasants are a Chinese Ringneck with a slight Mongolian Cross, coloring up as adults with blue-green backs, white rings and dark burgundy body feathers. Some darker variations in coloration (“mutes” or “melanistics” ) appear infrequently, and are in great demand. We do not actively breed for that strain, and cannot predict how many we can provide. Since the process is time-intensive, we charge a  surcharge of $.10 per chick to sort these.

Elkhorn pheasants dress out as adults at about 2 to 21/2 pounds providing enough for the pot, while being highly flighty for good hunting. They are used regularly on our own and nearby hunt clubs, as well as shipped across the country with similar results, dependent on feeding practices.

photo credit: Chip Gross

Fuel and feed prices impact your raising and pricing strategies “big time.” We wish you the wisdom of Solomon in figuring these issues out. However, do not scrimp on good quality food for your birds! Expect that cost to be the greatest economic input toward raising gamebirds.

See our Basic Care & Keeping page for additional information regarding raising your birds. Educate yourself now about raising birds by reading  Gamebird Propagation by late author John Mullin, or Dr. Swartz’ book Grower’s Reference on Gamebird Health.  There are numerous gamebird educational seminars available through NAGA or regional associations. Access to an archive of articles from the NAGA News is included with your NAGA membership.

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Starting in May through July, we ship our day-old chicks “per box” of 125, our minimum order to ship. Smaller orders may be picked up at the farm. Price reductions are at the 1000,  5000 and 10,000+, and 20,000 chick levels.

Shipping is additional. We strongly recommend Express Mail for day-old chicks with its one- or two-day delivery guarantee. We DO NOT recommend Priority Mail for pheasant chick deliveries to any but our neighboring states. We will only ship Priority with the understanding that we cannot guarantee the timeliness of arrival, or the viability of the pheasant chicks. The choice, responsibility, and liability are totally yours.

We use the www.usps.com postage calculator to figure your Express Mail or Priority postage by weight and zone. This cost is one of the reasons why we would like to arrange truck deliveries on larger orders, or combined orders within 750 miles of Elkhorn Farms. Also consider ringneck pheasant adult or partially-adult birds. Delivery prices vary on quantity, distance, and the relative cost of fuel but generally is priced $.75 per mile, round trip.

Please remember that our shipping/pickup days for pheasant chicks are Wednesdays, except for holidays like the 4th of July.