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.
Metzer Farms is located in the Salinas Valley, which is an intense vegetable growing area ("The Salad Bowl of the Nation") about 100 miles south of San Francisco. An advantage of being in the Salad Bowl of the nation is that there are no other poultry farms near us, which makes biosecurity easier. We don't have vendors or delivery personnel that have been to other poultry farms. The farm and hatchery is about 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and the Monterey Peninsula, which includes the towns of Monterey and Carmel (the AT&T ProAm Golf Tournament, Pebble Beach, Laguna Seca Raceway). The weather is very mild with the average highs in the summer being 75 degrees and the lows in the winter averaging 40 degrees in January. Rainfall averages 12.5 inches per year with the majority falling from December through March. It is an ideal climate for waterfowl which appreciate cool weather.
Our main products are day old ducklings and goslings. They are produced for individual hobbyists, feed stores and commercial meat and egg producers. We have over 30 breeds of ducks, geese, guineas, pheasants and wild turkeys. Ducklings are hatched year around with increased sales during the spring months. Other products sold are duck hatching eggs, blown duck eggs and blown goose eggs for decorators, balut (partially incubated duck eggs), salted duck eggs, fresh duck eggs and grown Mallards for dog trials and hunting preserves.
Metzer Farms was started in 1978 when I graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Animal Science. My father was retired and his hobby had grown substantially. Once I came back, the duck hobby was turned into a business. Why my father had ducks is an interesting story. He always had sheep and had learned that the easiest way to control the liver fluke, a parasite of sheep, was to keep some ducks around. It seems that part of the life cycle of a liver fluke requires ingestion of the fluke eggs by snails. So, if you have sufficient ducks to eat all the snails in the sheep pasture, you can rid yourself of the liver fluke. His snail eating ducks led to a few egg sales which led to duckling sales which led to dreams. Therefore, Metzer Farms owes its existence to the simple fact that ducks love to eat snails!
In 2013, our son, Marc, joined the business as our General Manager. After graduating from college, he worked in South Korea for a year teaching English and then four years with Taylor Farms, a large produce company in the Salinas Valley. He brought a new perspective to many opportunities and has been the leading force in our sales of chickens and fresh eggs. He is in charge of all production and has led the way in our extensive biosecurity program and Salmonella prevention work.
We have shipped to every state in the nation and other countries such as Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Thailand, Greece, Korea, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Guatemala, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey, Nicaragua and Trinidad.
We are probably the only hatchery in the United States that periodically imports Pekin breeding stock into the U.S. We purchase ours from Grimaud Freres in France for our commercial Pekin duckling customers. Our intent is to provide you the best meat Pekin ducklings available.
Thank you very much. We appreciate your business and hope to have you return the next time you need ducklings, goslings, meat chicks or any of our other products.
Meet the Team
Chief executive officer John is a graduate of the high school in Gonzales where he and his wife, Sharon, still live. He then obtained his degree in Animal Science from the University of California at Davis. He and Sharon have three children. Janelle and her husband Mike have our two grandchildren (Everett and Morgan), Marc and Erin, who is married to Patrick. John enjoys eating new foods, working out to reduce the effects of those new foods, and traveling.