Meyer Meal Maker…What is it?

Following Pay it Forward Day, we thought it might be a nice time to introduce you to a program that allows you to do just that. In 2011 we launched our Meyer Meal Maker program and it’s been a huge success so far. Not sure what a Meyer Meal Maker is? Keep reading.

A Meyer Meal Maker is a free baby chick from Meyer Hatchery. We’ll give you the chick so you can raise it to laying or butchering age. We ask that you simply donate the eggs or meat produced from that one bird to a local family or charity in need. Whether you order 3 chicks or 300, you can request a Meyer Meal Maker on every order you place. Same goes for meat birds! This is just one, simple way you and your family can get involved and make a difference in your community. The chick is hatchery choice, but we will send a female layer if that’s what your order consists of. With an order of meat birds, we will only send you a meat bird! It’s that easy.

How can one chick make such a difference? If you receive an average laying Meyer Meal Maker chick, you’ll be able to donate roughly 182 eggs in one year after that hen begins laying. That’s over 15 dozen eggs going to hungry people in your community. Remember, you don’t have to find some big, fancy food bank to take your bounty. It could be a neighbor, friend, or family member who benefits from your generosity. Just imagine if you and every other chicken keeper around the world kept one hen for the same purpose.

Together, Meyer Hatchery customers could make a huge impact if we all added a Meyer Meal Maker to our orders! If each one of you participated we could provide the hungry with:

59,021,290 Deviled Eggs, 34,412,774 Egg Salad Sandwiches, 24,592,204 Glasses of Eggnog, 9,836,881 Breakfast Omelets or 2,459,220 Quiche Dishes!! Let’s not forget all of the chicken dinners for those who raise a bird for butcher. That’s a whole lot of food going to the hungry in our communities.

Why not add one to your order? Be a helping hand. For those of you who have a Meyer Meal Maker, who have you blessed with eggs or meat? Tell us your experience in the comments section.


  • I have kept laying hens for four years now, all ordered as day-old chicks from Meyer Hatchery. I requested a Meal Maker layer with my second chick order. “Mystery”, my mystery layer chick is a white Leghorn. I have given her eggs (along with eggs from my other hens) to elderly neighbors and to families in the Detroit neighborhood where I teach. All recipients have been impressed by the quality of fresh eggs versus eggs from a store.


  • Our Meyer Meal Maker, named Freebie, is a Rhode Island Red. She’s just a chick now- but we have big plans for her. Her eggs will go to various Community Centers and Soup Kitchens through Faith Feeds, a local organization that gleans to feed the hungry.


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