The health and safety of our employees and customers is our top priority. As we monitor the developments of COVID-19 from the nation and state governments, we will continue to use best practices to help ensure we are doing our part to control the risks associated with COVID-19 at Meyer Hatchery.
Stay at Home / Shelter in Place Orders: Meyer Hatchery is considered an essential business of the Food & Agriculture Sector per the Department of Homeland Security. We will continue to work, ship, and sell poultry related merchandise as we are an essential part of the supply chain. We will work as safely as possible, with the cooperation and help of all of our employees as outlined in our retail store plan below.
Retail Store Plan (revised 3/20/2020):
- To keep the risk of illness to those running our retail store to a minimum, we are restricting all activity to pickups in our drive-thru only. The retail store itself is now closed to the public. Our drive-thru is now full service for chick, feed, and supply pickup orders, as well as bin chicks, when available.
- Upon arrival, pull in through the drive-thru. Remain in your car, we will come to you. Be prepared for longer wait times.
- For bin chicks -- if they are available, tell us how many you would like, we will get them for you and bring them out.
- If you need us to load your vehicle, we ask that you remain in your vehicle during the loading process.
- Please have your receipt available to expedite this process.
- You can place your order online or by giving us a chat/call. As we are experiencing a high call and chat volume, placing the orders directly on the website is the fastest way to get the orders in. Even though you are picking up the order, our system will ask for a shipping address. Please fill that out and proceed to the next step.
- If you did not place an order in advance, our staff will take those orders car side.
All of our employees that can do their jobs remotely are now telecommuting! A good part of our customer service and website team were already distributed and we have taken the steps necessary to move the remaining office personnel out of the building.
We have upped our cleaning practices and put in place policies to keep any spread of disease within the building to a minimum including the use of masks and shields.
We have a plan in place to keep service uninterrupted due to a reduced workforce. The US Postal Service also has a plan in place to keep its services running and timely.
Chicks, Chickens, and COVID-19:
There is no evidence that this strain of the coronavirus is transmittable to other species including poultry. Your birds are safe!
The reports of how long coronavirus can last on surfaces are conflicting. We recommend wiping down your packages received through the postal service upon arrival as a precaution and/or wearing gloves during package handling.
It's possible that the supply chain could be affected due to a reduced workforce. We recommend having a couple of extra weeks of feed on hand, just to be safe.
As always, practice good biosecurity!