For some of us at Hoover's, our day starts at 1:00 a.m. when we clock in and walk back to the hatchers to open those doors and see brand new beautifully hatched baby chicks. We like to think that we have the best job in the world! Hatching baby chicks is more of an art than a skill, and nothing makes us happier when we can perfectly pull this off.
On a hatch day, Hoover's has a few different specialized teams that complete certain parts of our operation all at different times. Every person's job is completely dependent on the other. It's taken us a while to get to where we are an our desire for constant improvement makes us better every day. Our teams include a hatch team, an order fulfillment team, and a customer service team. These teams keep us running from the wee hours of the morning to nearly 10 o'clock at night. We drink copious amounts of coffee, but we love every second of the challenge!
At Hoover's we're family. This family tradition has carried on over the past 74 years, back when Bob Hoover started the hatchery in the summer of 1944. Bob's father owned the Rudd creamery and eventually the creamery turned into Hoover's Hatchery. Today, Hoover's Hatchery takes up the very footprint the old creamery did, plus some! In the early 70's Doug and Mary Halsted started working at the hatchery, and eventually became owners in 1977. Mary ran the hatchery next to her husband and all five of their children. Now, Mary has slowed down and serves as our trusted adviser.
Hoover's Hatchery has come a long way in 74 years, from starting as part of a creamery only hatching white leghorns, to a full catalog that now includes more than 100 breeds. We have a passion for backyard poultry. Most importantly, we have a passion for serving our customers and our communities. We realize that without our customers, we wouldn't be where we are today!