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Van Cleave Ranch and Hatchery

Tuscola Texas  325-665-3057

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Welcome to our website.  We are a small local family owned "Boutique Hatchery" in Tuscola, Texas.  We are new and so all of our birds are new as well. All were either hatched or attained as very young chicks beginning June 1, 2021.  We've already had a few dependable layers. But most will begin laying this spring. 


What is a  Boutique Hatchery? We specialize in rare, endangered and hard to find chicken breeds and strive for quality breeding stock.  But we also have some pet quality for those not interested in breeding or showing.

What are Heritage Breeds? The Livestock Conservancy defines a heritage breed as one that has been around "since the arrival of the Spanish Explorers." For further and more detailed explanation of heritage breeds, visit

Mission Statement:  We strive to provide for our customers a dependable  product.  Our focus is to provide quality breeding and health, from a reputable name associated with the Abilene and Tuscola/Ovalo area for over 80 years. 

Focus and Goals: 

1.  To produce high quality birds by striving to attain  the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection. 

2.  To produce a beautiful assortment of organic and omega 3 eating eggs in natural colors of cream and beige, and a variety of shades of browns, blues and green. (Egg shells are a natural colorful "easter basket" everyday) by the use of specific breeds. Healthy eggs make healthy people. 

3. To produce strong hatching eggs to survive shipping and strive for a high hatch rate. Healthy hens produce healthy strong chicks. 

We invite you to learn about our various breeds.  Please fill out a contact us form and chat with us if you have any questions. OR, call us to make arrangements and place your order.  See our business policies regarding sales on the "About Us" tab. 



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