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About Us

About a long time ago what began in 2009 as a 4-H project has grown to become the chicken enthusiasts’ go-to supplier of premium exhibition quality poultry. Valley hatchery is committed to offering HIGH EXHIBITION QUALITY poultry at an affordable price with unparalleled Customer Service. We work daily to earn the privilege of supplying you with your next clutch of chicks, and rest assured we will be here every step of the way, whatever you may need.

History

It all began in 2009 when Santino, one of our current managing members, decided he was going to hatch a dozen eggs for his 4-H project. The project turned out to be so much fun that his father developed an interest in hatching chicks. Later that year, Santino and his dad began to research 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 began hatching eggs. The birds they developed were of excellent quality and extremely desirable – demand grew quickly. One Little Giant Incubator hatching a dozen eggs quickly grew to five Brinsea Incubators with the ability to hatch 240 birds!

It seemed obvious that 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, from 120 different breeds and varieties, hatching and shipping 500+ birds a week to chicken enthusiasts all over the United States.

As the public’s desire for quality birds continued to increase, Valley hatchery grew to try to meet demand. In 2013, Santino began working with a new business partner to develop Valley Hatchery into a major poultry supplier. The new partnership brought with it the ability to hatch and ship more birds than ever, 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 and Valley Hatchery had become a common name among backyard chicken enthusiasts. Not only were they 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 poultry at a feedstore.

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, some incubators began to fail with temperature inconsistencies, leaving Valley Hatchery with very little supply –  their largest facility suffered a 10-20% hatch rate (with 90-95% expected). They scrambled to fulfill orders with only the ability to ship from two of their smaller hatcheries. By the end of the 2016 season, Valley Hatchery was forced to close their retail operation and their breeders were forced to redirect eggs to other hatcheries.

Simply put, Santino did not give up. With a huge passion for poultry, and suppliers calling him regularly, anxiously awaiting for Valley Hatchery’s re-entry into the market, he started planning. There was a lot of around-the-clock work required in order to re-grow his business. Breeders stayed committed to Valley Hatchery in anticipation of the company’s return to the retail hatchery market. Santino worked with his new business partner to re-establish these relationships and source new additional breeders in order to grow the business base in preparation for the return to retail sales.

Valley Hatchery proudly announced their return to retail poultry sales in 2020, offering four types of poultry and over 110 different varieties and breeds. 

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.

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