Rockport Pheasant Farm

Besides the pheasant farm there is a good deal of history at the Rockport State Pheasant Farm. Rockport was born as a stop on the Morris Canal, remnants of which are still evident. Historians also know Rockport for the infamous train wreck of 1925. But, except for a tornado that ripped through the brood house in 1994, things have been fairly consistent here for over 75 years. And, although sportsmen prefer to meet their birds in the field, untold thousands of families and school children have visited this farm where over two million pheasants have been raised.

The New Jersey Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife completed acquisition of a 492 acre farm in 1925 just south of Hackettstown, two years after the first release of Rockport pheasants. Soon after the operation began, equipment arrived for incubating and hatching the chicks that remains in use today. Today, a staff of six shuttle 50,000 ring-necked pheasants out the door each year for the sporting public. They collect and turn eggs, tray new chicks, herd adolescents outdoors and back, clean broodhouses and acres of outdoor pens, spread 3 tons of feed a day, debeak, clip wings, and crate and truck the birds to Wildlife Management Areas all over New Jersey.

Early each year, 270 cock pheasants mingle in breeder yards with 2700 hens, resulting the laying of 130,000 - 140,000 eggs between the Ides of March and Independence Day. Out of this pool come the final candidates for six or seven annual rounds of hatching. Collected eggs are moved inside where they are disinfected, sorted and put in trays. Temperature maintained at 55 degrees keeps the eggs dormant until they enter the incubators. Specially designed racks allow technicians to tilt thousands of eggs every four hours to keep the contents from settling to one side. When enough eggs have accumulated for a hatch, incubation begins in a forced air circulator which also automatically roll the eggs five times daily. The final 7 days of the 24 day cycle are spent in flat hatchers.

After hatching, chicks spend ten weeks in temperature controlled brooder rooms. Each room, about 40 x 20, accommodates nearly 1200 birds, and allows gradual access to outdoor runs by a series of gates. Over 30 acres of range pens house the pheasants until fall. The pens are planted in Sorghum to provide the birds with protection from the weather. In the pens the male pheasants will grow to 2 1/2 - 3 pounds, females about 1 1/2 pounds. Beginning in early November, the pheasants are run into a large building, crated and loaded onto trucks for distribution. The birds will be stocked for "put and take" on approximately 100,000 acres of state Wildlife Management Areas.

After its release, a Rockport pheasant faces grim prospects for seeing the new year. Flushed from cover by a Pointer or Spaniel, nine out of ten will end up in the sights of a hunter's gun. But, without the hunting program the Ringneck Pheasant, familiar sight in depictions of eastern wildlife, would be long gone from the local countryside. Imported to New Jersey from the Orient in 1790, the species eventually found its way to all but a few of the United States. But pheasants, which require the cover of hedgerows, groves, or crops, don't do well in suburban neighborhoods. Their sensitivity to pesticides has made our modern landscape even more hostile. The Ringneck's has nothing to do with hunters; rather the program has helped them survive. Wily and elusive,-- they can run as fast as some birds can fly-- Ringnecks remain a challenge for the hunter. And they remain an important in the natural food cycle. Foxes, racoons, skunks, and raptors like the taste of pheasant too.

Nine out of ten New Jersey pheasants now hail from Rockport; one in ten makes it to another year. But Rockport pheasants generate an estimated $2.6 million in income to local businesses such as gas stations, motels, diners, taxidermists and sporting goods stores. The cost of raising pheasants is borne completely by the hunters who purchase Pheasant/Quail Stamps: no state tax dollars are used. And the farm is a real nice place to visit, even if you're a hunter.

The Rockport Pheasant Farm, located on Rockport Rd. (Rt. 629) roughly 3.5 miles south of Main St. (Rt. 46), Hackettstown, is open daily from 7:30am to dusk. The farm is also home to exotic pheasants, turkeys and white-tailed deer, ducks and geese. Picnicking is allowed but there are no food or toilet facilities available. A scenic hiking loop around the breeder yards offers striking views of the farm and surrounding area. A brief orientation for groups may be arranged by calling 908-852-3461.

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Jsn Heddaeus
16 May 2014, 20:34
Hi - We have raised a pair of red golden pheasants for nine months with great anticipation. Last month our female "flew the coop". We our left with a depressed male. We have waited a while and would like to replace the mature female or up to four mature females for our unhappy male. Would you help us? Blessings, Jan
tony giaconia
02 Mar 2013, 09:07
I am looking to get some chicken manure for my back yard garden. if you can help me please responed
14 Jun 2012, 04:53
We can supply pheasants in any number. We are convieniently located in Westtown NY just 6 miles from route 87 exit 2 in Orange County NY. We also offer hunting on our 106 acre preserve as well as dog training. Call for more info 201-289-6906.
Pheasant Farm
23 Dec 2011, 23:27
I am astonished at how many F@#%king retards have asked how to buy eggs and chicks.
08 Dec 2011, 07:23
Hello,\r\nI am interested in starting Pheasant Farm in India pl send me the available species info along with minimum buying limit so that I can place the order.\r\n\r\nRegards\r\n\r\nQureshi\r\n\r\nFortune Poultry,\r\nHyderabad,INDIA\r\n
Jane Hyde
15 May 2011, 08:25
Looking to buy Pheasant chicks, will you ship them to PA?\r\nThank you
Khagendra Karki
09 Apr 2011, 08:00
Dear Sir,\r\nI am from Nepal. I am intrested to pheasant farm in Nepal. So can you send me more details abot it? And mention FOB price of a day old chicks or fertile eggs.\r\n\r\nBest regards,\r\nNational poultry and integrated agricultural research Pvt.Ltd.\r\nP.O.Box No. 95, Balkot 8 Bhaktapur Nepal
Skylands Visitor
09 Sep 2010, 14:34
For those looking to purchase birds, Rockport is owned and operated by New Jersey DEP in order to provide pheasants each year for the sporting public. No pheasants are sold to the public.
bob peters
09 Sep 2010, 13:32
hi\r\ni have the same question as many of your people on your comment may want to post the answer to make it easier. do you sell live pheasantfor release for many is the minimum amount and how much? can you pick them up on a friday afternoon?\r\nthankyou for you help bob peters
22 Aug 2010, 17:53
Looking to buy mature pheasants and/or chukars. Do you sell birds to the public or do you know of anywhere in the are that does?
25 Jun 2010, 15:51
i was wondering what the minimum amount of chicks you can purchase is?
Joe Radler
24 May 2010, 14:43
Looking for a couple of pheasants for dog training. Not having much luck here. I'm in the trenton area. any help on where I can purchase would be great.\r\nThanks
Jake hofer
31 Jan 2010, 15:51
hi I'm looking for contract buyers for 100,000 pheasants each year,I'm building a barn and need buyers
stephen bolesta
19 Jan 2010, 09:29
I have a 4 year old and would love to take him to the farm. When's the best time of year to go?
25 Sep 2009, 11:06
i want to hunt something with talons!!
23 Sep 2009, 11:31
Looking to buy mature pheasants and/or chukars. Do you sell birds to the public or do you know of anywhere in the are that does?\r\n\r\n- Thank You
07 Sep 2009, 07:22
want to buy some pheasant chicks or mature birds or chicks
12 Aug 2009, 21:03
Hi I was wondering if you sell red or yellow golden pheasant or lady amherst I am looking for chicks or juveniles thanks Jon
01 Jul 2009, 07:10
My son and I hatched pheasants in June. They will be 5 weeks old this July 4th. We have 8 pheasants for adoption.
yossef almasffer
27 Jun 2009, 15:37
hi looking for chiecks pheasant for sale thanks
24 Jun 2009, 14:32
hi,i want to buy phesant mature,how much is male&female cost,what is your minum.orderlet me know,thanks
30 Mar 2009, 08:53
i am looking 2 female & 1 male for me to have them as an addition to my bird collection in my house , can i buy from you , Thank you , 908 7256959
Bob Soyka
17 Mar 2009, 04:40
Need about 20 birds ASAP for a club can you help? Thanks
bryan tummino
23 Feb 2009, 05:27
hey i was looking to buy a hand full of phesants for my two little labs . i was wondering where there is a close enough place to byram nj. i know there is hudson farm about a minute from my house but idk if they sell.usually one or two will hit my car but i would like to buy live phesants.. please get back to me asap with good news thank you .
nancie walker
04 Dec 2008, 13:44
I am trying to buy pheasant to also train my dogs. I live in Sussex County and someone told me about a place on New Holland road but I cant find it.
28 Nov 2008, 08:32
John Joll
28 Oct 2008, 12:41
I live in Clinton N.J.& want to buy a few live phasants to train my dogs. Could you give me a phone# of a place near by.
Carol Paine
06 Sep 2008, 14:41
I am writing to see if I can but eggs and hatch them with my class of 5/6th graders? We have 500 acres of preserved land where I would release the birds once they were able to go.
mike coma
20 Aug 2008, 18:43
i want to buy and release 50 to 100 mature pheasants on my property. Do you sell them to the public and will they adapt to the wild or are they clipped and unable to hunt and search for food. thanks for your time
Marilyn Richard
03 Aug 2008, 13:15
We purchased 24 pheasants in Moncton New Brunswick we live in the outskirts which is Harcourt we made an inside and outside pen the pheasants were 4 weeks old when we received them they are now 9 weeks old and we now notice which are the males and the females we are having problems with the males they are picking one another and causing blood do we separte them or is there something else we can do we have about 12 males thank you we could use your help
22 Jul 2008, 11:01
do you sell mature birds? I'm looking for about 30 pheasants or chuckers if you know anyone please let me know
Carol Odom
21 Apr 2008, 09:43
A neighbor of mine gave me his exotic pheasants. There are two male Silvers and 3 female Silvers, 1 male Lady Amherst and 1 male Yellow Golden. I would like to acquire two or three females in the Lady Amherst and Yellow Golden species but I don't know where to find adult birds or if I can purchase just these few for shipment to florida. Thank you for your help.
mojtaba safarpour
09 Apr 2008, 10:18
please give me more information
20 Mar 2008, 10:45
i was wondering if you sell any manure bird or chick pheasants if you do please notify me thank you
Kenneth Olsen
04 Feb 2008, 20:15
I was wondering if you sell the Manure or know of any place I can get poultry manure. I grow strawberries and pumpkins. I can pick it up and I also have a loader if it makes it easier.\r\nThankyou for your time and keep up the Great work.\r\nKenny Olsen

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