The future of a pheasant preserve is in question after a New Year’s Eve fire burned a barn that housed a hatchery and more than 100 adult pheasants. Peaceable Hill game farm and preserve offers pheasant hunting and also sells eggs, chicks, and mature birds raised at its hatchery. In the past, the farm has produced 160,000 eggs a year. More than 20,000 have been sold annually, as well as about 90,000 pheasants from eggs that hatched, since 1993. Roughly 1,000 pheasants have remained at the preserve, where customers have paid to hunt from September to April, the Rutland Herald reported. Tuesday’s fire destroyed the barn, hatchery, a tractor, other equipment, and hay, as well as the 100 birds. No humans were injured. The loss of pheasants could limit hunting this year, but the destruction of the hatchery could have a greater impact on customers.

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