Hatcheries

Freedom Ranger Hatchery

Owners: Kendall & Ginger Fox
Hatches: Freedom Ranger Broilers

Family-owned and operated, Freedom Ranger hatchery began as an expansion of JM Hatchery, owned by Joel Martin. Kendall and his wife Ginger started out hatching silkie chicks in their detached garage and eventually moved to a larger building in 2007. With the move, Freedom Ranger began hatching the Freedom Ranger Broilers and incorporated the business under the name Freedom Ranger Hatchery, Inc. in 2009.



Owners: Joel & Martha Martin
Hatches:Guinea Keets

JM Hatchery is a family owned and operated hatchery located in south central Pennsylvania. They have been raising guinea keets since the 1980s and started the hatchery in the late 1990s. The hatchery is NPIP certified and they strive to produce the strongest and healthiest birds on the market. They are the only hatchery in the USA that hatches guineas every week of the year. They ship to every state in the USA plus Puerto Rico.

For a time JM Hatchery produced guinea keets, Freedom Ranger broiler chicks, Muscovy ducks, Khaki Campbell ducks, and bantam silkie chicks. As the business grew (and as they grew older and busier), they started passing on aspects of the business to the next generation. JM Hatchery is still hatching the guineas on the home farm and also taking mail orders for the silkies. They still own and manage the breeding flocks for the Freedom Rangers, however they are now hatched and sold by their daughter and son in law at Freedom Ranger Hatchery, Inc. The duck lines have been passed on to another daughter and son in law at Fifth Day Farm, Inc.

 


 


Owners: Stephen & Sonya Horst
Hatches: Khaki Campbell & Muscovy Ducks

Fifth Day Farms, an NPIP certified hatchery, began in 2008 to handle the hatching of the Khaki Campbell and White Muscovy ducks, originally done at JM Hatchery. Stephen joined the family business 6 years ago, first working with his father-in-law, Joel Martin at JM Hatchery. As the hatchery expanded, Stephen was able to establish a new location to hatch the ducks, freeing up space at JM Hatchery and establishing a business for he and his wife Sonya.

Stephen grew up on a dairy farm and has a lifelong love of animals. Before joining the family business, Stephen worked as a carpenter in the construction industry. He and his wife Sonya have 2 children, a 10 month old son and a 2 1/2 year old daughter.

 


 

Blue Banty Farm

Owners: Rodney & Crystal Moser
Hatches: Bantam Silikies

Blue Banty Farm is an NPIP certified hatchery owned and operated by Rodney & Crystal Moser. Rodney started out his career as a mason, following in his father's footsteps. After 15 years doing masonry, Rodney saw an opportunity to help in the expansion of JM Hatchery and own his own business. Rodney first began working with Crystal's father at JM Masonry hatching silkie and guinea chicks. As the business expanded and JM Hatchery began to run out of room, Rodney was able to open his own hatchery to handle the silkies in 2013.

Rodney & Crystal have been married for 3 years and adopted a child from China.