What started in 2009 as a 4-H project has grown to be chicken enthusiasts go-to supplier of premium exhibition quality poultry. We are committed to offering HIGH EXHIBITION QUALITY poultry at an affordable price with unparalleled Customer Service. We hope we have the privilege to supply you with your next clutch of chicks, whatever you may need we will be here every step of the way.
What started in 2009 as a 4-H project has grown to be chicken enthusiasts go-to supplier of premium exhibition quality poultry.
Santino, one of our current managing members decided for his 4-H project in 2009 he was going to hatch a dozen eggs. After the fun results, his father took great interest. Later that year, they started to do more research on extremely rare breeds.
At the time, Black Copper Marans were entirely unheard of in their area. They decided to start a flock of their own Black Copper Marans. Selecting the highest quality birds from two of the most respected lines (Wade Jean and Bev Davis) they quickly grew a large flock and hatched their eggs. The birds were extremely desirable and there was a huge demand. What went from one Little Giant Incubator hatching a dozen eggs, quickly grew to five Brinsea Incubators with the ability to hatch 240 birds.
It was lucid there was high-demand for exhibition quality poultry. Stepping out of their comfort zone and partnering with many breeders of other standard and rare breeds, Valley Hatchery was born. By 2012, Valley Hatchery had grown to offer four types of poultry, 120 different breeds and varieties. Hatching and shipping 500+ birds a week all over the United States.
The demand continued to grow and Valley Hatchery did as well. In 2013, part of the company was sold and Santino worked with a new business partner to take Valley Hatchery to the next level. With the new partnership brought the ability to hatch and ship more birds and the company saw a 3,900% sales increase. It was unbelievable. By the 2015 season, Valley Hatchery was hatching and shipping over 20,000 birds every week. Valley Hatchery had become a common name among backyard chickens enthusiasts. Not only shipping directly to customers homes, Valley Hatchery supplied approximately 150 farm and feed stores with exhibition quality poultry to sell. This took backyard chicken keeping to the next level, before Valley Hatchery it was unheard of to purchase exhibition quality birds from a feed store.
After the 2015 season, one of the hatcheries was expanded and incubators were moved and added at one of their facilities. In the middle of the 2016 season, incubators began to fail with temperature inconsistencies. Leaving Valley Hatchery with little supply from one of their largest facilities, and only the ability to ship from two of their smaller hatcheries.
By the end of the 2016 season, breeders needed paid for product that yielded no return as the hatches were not viable with the temperature inconsistencies. The largest facility saw a 10-20% hatch rate (with 90-95% expected). Valley Hatchery was forced to close their retail operation and breeders were forced to redirect eggs to other hatcheries.
Since then, Santino had not given up. With a huge passion for poultry, and suppliers calling him regularly anxiously awaiting for Valley Hatchery’s next plan. Understanding a new partner was needed as there was a lot of around the clock work to be done.
With the anticipation of Valley Hatchery’s large scale return, breeders stayed committed to the company. Santino has worked with his new business partner to reestablish these relationships and source new additional breeders.
Valley Hatchery is proud to announce their return offering four types of poultry and over 200 different varieties and breeds of poultry. We are committed to Poultry Enthusiasts and wouldn’t have reentered the business without confidence in the ability to hatch healthy exhibition poultry.
Although we are technically a new company, Valley Hatchery LLC is committed now more than ever to offer affordable exhibition quality poultry with unparalleled customer service. We are in a unique position, we have the ability to work with previous breeders the former company used and have been working to monitor stock and quality of many new breeders and we are finally ready to hatch and ship from Valley Hatchery LLC.
We hope we have the privilege to supply you with your next clutch of chicks, whatever you may need we will be here every step of the way.