BUCKEYE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - It's an Arizona success story; the Hickman Family has lived and worked in our state for generations. You may have Hickman's eggs in your refrigerator right now. Hard work pays off, but a new law in California may propel the business to new heights.
It's a massive operation with multiple levels, multiple barns, over three million chickens are on the new Hickman Family Farm in Buckeye.
Glenn Hickman opened the farm a year and a half ago; he says he literally bet the farm to raise money for the expansion which has an assembly line and an egg packing robot. The gamble paid off big.
"It has been a good move for us, it's gotten us into one of the world's biggest consumer markets," said Glenn Hickman.
The market, California. Voters there recently passed a law that changed the way chickens have to be housed and treated before their eggs can be sold in the golden state. Some farmers in California are reluctant to change, Hickman basically said 'We will farm that way right now.'
So now the chickens are better off here in Arizona, and Hickman can legally send eggs into California.
"Every business takes a risk, very few things are sure deals," said Hickman.
And adding to the good fortune, Hickman's avoided the bird flu that has hit many chicken farms across the country. So while the egg supply dwindled, and prices went up, Hickman's eggs kept on rolling. They're planning to add a million chickens to the farm soon, making the chances pretty good that Hickman's run as an Arizona success story will continue.