Metzer Farms have the most extensive list of waterfowl available in the United States with 19 breeds of ducks and 16 breeds of geese. On top of our waterfowl selection, we are now offering a select group of chicks and gamefowl to meet your needs.
Metzer Farms was started in 1972 by Olin Metzer when he began using ducks to control the snails in his sheep pastures. As time went by, he began selling ducklings to local feed stores and duck eggs to the local Asian market. John Metzer came back to the farm in 1978 after graduating from the University of California, Davis to turn his father's hobby into a business. The farm grew each year as new products were added: more breeds of ducks, geese, fresh duck eggs, salted duck eggs, blown eggs and guineas. After graduating from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, my son, Marc, worked abroad in Korea and then locally in the fresh vegetable industry before joining the business in 2014.
What's Happening Nowadays
We utilize the best genetics available and raise our breeders in a more traditional system. Our replacement duck and goose breeders are on pasture as much as possible during rearing. We feel this provides them a maximum amount of exercise and fresh air. All of our growing and layer buildings are open sided and all birds are on the floor - cages are never used.
Our Plans in the Future
Metzer Farms plans to continue to extend our breed offering to a greater variety of poultry. We continually strive for an environmentally friendly approach on our farm. We have installed solar panels on our newest grower building that will produce 75% of our farm and hatchery's electrical needs and we use our six bicycles for personal transportation around the farm.
Metzer Farms has been producing the finest ducklings and goslings since 1978. We are family owned and operated and control every aspect of the business from breeding to shipping to assure the highest quality birds and finest service available. We attempt to be innovative in our production methods and customer oriented in our marketing.