ABOUT VALLEY FARMS HATCHERY
Valley Farms Hatchery started out as a hobby farm in 2012, when a 14 year old named Ryan Kelsey realized he could hatch chickens and sell them. What started out as a kid hatching 10-15 chicks a month in 2012, has grown to a company with a hatchery in Alabama and now Minnesota as well. Both locations are operated by Valley Farms Hatchery and the same Ryan Kelsey that started the business in 2012, along with our hatchery manager at the Minnesota hatchery.
Ryan has since graduated high school as well as college, where he pursued his lifetime dream of being a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Call it strange, but ever since Ryan's grandad died in 2010, becoming a Funeral Director became his dream. He wanted to help people at one of the hardest times in their life. Even though being very active at a local funeral home, Ryan still manages Valley Farms Hatchery's Alabama location and processes 100% of the orders that come in through the website as well as responds to the majority of our emails. Our hatchery manager in Minnesota answers most of the phone calls, but Ryan still talks to several of our regulars! On hatch days, transfer days, and setting days, a small crew will come in at each location to sort chicks, set eggs, and transfer eggs to the hatchers for hatching.
While we specialize in Cornish Cross Broilers, Red Broilers, Commercial Brown and White Layers, as well as our own breed, the Golden Valley. We offer over 120 other breeds ranging from Bantams, Rare Breeds, Heritage Egg Layers, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys, Guineas, and more with the help of some great partner hatcheries! Our largest market is for the average backyard family flock, just looking for a few birds to produce some meat and eggs. Rather you are looking for three baby chickens or 3,000, we have the ability to provide you with the best poultry you can buy at a fair market price.
Our hatchery ships baby poultry throughout the United States to small and large family farms. We pride ourselves on having a good quality product at a fair price. When you place an order you can expect that the chicks will be boxed by hand and packaged according to weather and the distance traveled. Our hatcheries and partners monitor weather conditions closely, before shipping any poultry for that week. Often, we will cover holes in the boxes and add extra straw bedding to make a safer trip for the poultry. The safe and live delivery of your poultry is the key to our success and it is guaranteed. Without safe and live deliveries, we would have been out of business many years ago.
We have a minimum order of just three baby poultry. We are also one of the few hatcheries that will mix and match chickens, waterfowl, turkeys, and guineas together to make your order. Most require a minimum of each variety and the different varieties cannot be shipped together. We will mix and match the different varieties in the same order with absolutely no questions asked! Small orders of 3-14 poultry do have a boxing fee, plus the regular postage. In years past our prices included the postage, but since the postal service has increased prices, we find it more economical on us and our customers to pay postage separate from the price of the poultry. This change has allowed us to lower some chick prices since changing this policy.
If you have any questions about our hatchery, please call or email us. During spring months, if phone lines are busy, send us an email. We will get back with you as soon as possible!