Our Story

We are a Pasture-Based Humane Hatchery for Heritage and Rare Breed Chickens and Quail. We keep a highly curated selection of breeder-quality chickens, imported into Minnesota from around the country.

We breed for temperament, egg color, and health — and provide an ethical alternative to commercial egg farming industries and commercial hatchery practices.

We are a no-kill operation — our male chicks live out their lives here as guardians to our breeding flocks and retired hens.

Our hens are pastured, not caged, and forage on 108+ square feet of pasture each with plenty of bugs, grasses, and sunshine year-round — resulting in richer eggs which hatch healthier chicks.

Having our homestead is about creating a space that inspires me. When I share our eggs with this welcoming community, I think, "People will see the beauty here, and they'll fall in love just like I did. Someone out there will want something like this for themselves too." But like anything, that's not the whole story.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Some people I speak with don't get why we keep chickens we don't eat, or why we would keep chickens if we don't have an 'egg business'. If we want chicks or eggs, why don't we go to the grocery store, or dig through a bin of discount chicks at the farm store?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The truth is — that's just not what a utopia looks like, and I can never seem to get past that. We make so many ethical tradeoffs in order to live in this miraculous modern convenient world. I just feel like we're so close to striking a more sustainable balance when it comes to the options we have as consumers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The actual thing that inspired me to get chickens had nothing to do with loving these fluffy little balls of joy. It was about having the freedom of a better, safer choice when it comes to the food we eat. We don't keep our chickens in cages, they eat food-grade feed, and we reduce our dependencies on food that has been bombarded by pesticides.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

The incredible result was discovering how amazing chickens are to live with. By inspiring others to take back control over where their food comes from and how it is produced, I can think about the future and feel like we're all headed in a direction that feels more intentional and with a clear conscience.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

We can keep our own gardens. We can tend our own chickens. We can venture out into OUR backyards and collect our own eggs and herbs and veggies and feel proud about the decisions we've made in support of a better world.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Our homestead gives us a consumer option that feels like freedom from a bigger corporate organism that previously seemed too expansive to break free from. We hope someone else out there feels that way too.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Ethical eggs. Ethical chicks. Happy Hens.

Highland Homestead is a woman-owned, woman-operated small-scale hatchery. We ship using plastic-free, compostable, zero-waste packaging on eggs and chicks as one of the sustainability goals our homestead embraces.

We are located in North Branch, MN with a weekly drop location for chicks and hatching eggs in St Paul, MN. Local pickup is free, and by appointment only.

Due to high demand for our chicks and hatching eggs, we recommend placing orders via our website in advance so that your order sits higher up in our queue (please specify your desired pickup month or week in the NOTES section during checkout so that we may coordinate with you).

You can check out our Available Now page to see exactly what's in the brooder, or come engage with us on Our Instagram Page for daily photos and updates!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Stay awesome, chicken friends!

– All the love, Kelsey