H&N International GmbH, the world’s fastest growing primary layer breeding companies, has appointed Merrill’s Poultry Farm Inc. as a distributor for H&N “Nick Chick” and “Brown Nick” layers in the western U.S.

H&N, with its headquarters in Germany, is a subsidiary of EW Group GmbH. The company distributes H&N layer breeding stock in 35 countries around the world. H&N layers are strongly competitive in all economically significant flock performance and egg quality parameters. In addition H&N backs its distributors and customers with timely and meaningful support from a world-class team of experts having expertise in all facets of poultry management. H&N has achieved consistent growth in market share within the last 10 years and has earned an excellent reputation in the global egg industry.

H&N layers will now be readily available from coast to coast in the United States. Merrill’s Poultry Farm Inc. is a family-owned hatchery business based in Paul, Idaho. The company was founded in 1924 and has been a prominent supplier of layer chicks in the western U.S. for over 90 years. Merrill’s has the capacity to produce 7.0 million layer chicks per year.


“Since its founding over 70 years ago, H&N has invested consistently in the most advanced genetic research technology which has resulted in constant improvement of its egg laying stocks,” according to Javier Ramirez, managing director of H&N International. “H&N layers are performing at highly profitable levels throughout the world. We are pleased that H&N layers will now become available throughout the U.S.,d the original home market of H&N.  All indications are that H&N layers will meet the American market requirements be it for shell eggs or egg products.  Our dedicated and highly experienced team of sales, marketing and technical experts will make every effort to ensure H&N customers throughout the U.S. will enjoy profitable performance.”

Jack Merrill, president of Merrill’s Poultry Farm, added, “With egg producers in the western U. S. moving more towards cage free housing and management, we feel H&N layers will be an excellent choice. Due to our company’s structure, we feel we can work closely with H&N in more fully developing the presence of ‘Nick Chick’ and ‘Brown Nick’ layers in this region. We are pleased to acquire this H&N franchise and our thanks to H&N for giving us the opportunity to join their distribution network.”