Most pheasants are raised to be fast and flighty for hunting, so they are not ideal for the dinner table. Ours is different. We carefully select and raise our Heritage White Pheasant to be consistently tender and succulent with a rich, hearty flavor that's never too gamey.
While game birds are not required to be processed under USDA inspection, we process all of our game birds in our USDA-approved plant under a strict food safety and HACCP program, including voluntary USDA inspection of every bird. It's the kind of diligence that makes a difference when it comes to quality and taste.
We raise our Heritage White Pheasants with old-world care and tradition on our small family farms using "never EVER" standards of purity and with animal welfare in mind. Our pheasants are raised free roaming in barns with plenty of space and enjoy an all-vegetable diet with nothing added, ever.
We require smaller poultry houses than are required on industrial and organic farms, and houses per farm are limited to four. This assures the care and attention of being raised by small farmers.
A maximum density requirement ensures birds are allowed more room in the houses than industrial birds.
After six weeks of age, birds are given access to the outdoors from 9 a.m. until dusk.
Birds are grown a minimum of 75 days, much longer than commercial birds.
A minimum sanitation period of 21 days between flocks assures houses are free of disease.
To make sure birds are handled humanely and not dehydrated, they must travel no more than 64 miles to the processing plant.
Birds are air chilled, so they are never submerged in chlorine and they are processed by hand.