Dear Poultry Enthusiast,
This is our 30th year as the owners and operators of Rochester Hatchery and I would like to thank you for taking this journey with us. Over the years, we have watched many family owned hatcheries disappear, but thanks to you, our customers, we have thrived and are determined to continue serving you with excellence and integrity. We want you to achieve great results in the growing season; to continue to have the family experience and the agricultural and educational benefits of raising chicks; and to continue the tradition of the family farm.
Last year, we received some broiler eggs infected with Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). Chicks carrying SE are able to transmit the bacteria through their feces, even though they are generally healthy themselves. SE can cause human illness and, unfortunately, some of our customers become ill. We care sincerely about your health and that of your children, and are committed to providing you with the highest quality chicks. The frequency of monitoring of broiler breeder flocks has been increased in order to reduce the risk of SE infected eggs entering our facility. We will continue to work with the broiler hatching egg industry to further improve their flock monitoring programs.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that even healthy animals have the potential to carry pathogens that may be harmful to your health. Careful handling, biosecurity, food safety, and hand washing should always be practiced. This is particularly important to remember with children, who may unknowingly touch their faces and mouths after animal contact.
We care deeply about the well-being of our chicks. Each one is handled with care, checked for health, and carefully packaged for transport. We will continue to ship by mail, air, and some couriers, aiming to minimize transit times. Due to service changes and reductions by Canada Post, we may not be able to serve some locations by mail; however, we continually seek alternate shipping methods and pickup locations. When your chicks arrive for pickup, it is important to collect them quickly. Having your facility warm and ready for the chicks is essential. Be prepared!
We are also excited to introduce a meat alternative: the “Western Rustic” grows a little slower than a broiler but faster and bigger than a dual purpose bird. We think you will be very happy with the ease to grow them and the results you achieve.
Watch for our new improved website, coming soon, which will allow you to place your orders online! You can also visit our website for more information about SE and broiler hatching egg supply.
Wishing you all the very best for 2016. We thank you for your continued support. Wishing you all the very best for 2016. We thank you for your continued support.
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