Our small homestead is nestled on the beautiful Oregon Slope, just 9 miles outside of Ontario, OR.
My sister and I have always lived the "rural" lifestyle.
Our family has handled poultry for over 40+ years. We are the 8th generation to keep chickens, so you could say it's a family tradition owning poultry. We are current members of the APA, The Marans Club, The Marans Chicken Club USA, Ameraucana Alliance and Ameraucana Breeders Club.
We grow a garden every year and store our produce for the winter. We simply prefer living this way.
My sister was an officer for our local FFA chapter, she showed lamb at fair, (due to chickens not being accepted at the time.)
We have always been entrepreneurs, my sister and I decided to use all of our years of experience to open our own small hatchery right here in our hometown of Ontario.
We recognized that many other individuals felt the need to be self-sufficient during the Covid-19 Pandemic. Due to this there was an increase in backyard chicken owners.
(A small flock of 3-4 chickens is easily kept in the average backyard and can help eliminate food waste!)
We have witnessed how owning a flock can actually change a persons productivity level, which results in a more balanced life-style and better mental health.
Farm eggs are also much fresher than store-bought eggs, their yolk color is vibrant and contains more flavor.
Our goal is to provide outstanding birds, bred towards the APA standard of perfection (SOP)
We are contributing our passion for chickens by preserving rare and heritage breeds for future generations.
It's not easy work, but it's certainly rewarding.
-Rebecca and Valerie Wood, Owners of High Desert Hatchery
Last month in January, we closed on our new
family home! Since then, we've moved our farm to the small rural town of Vale here in Eastern Oregon.
We are conveniently located 2 miles outside of Vale.