Our Difference

Our secret to wholesome, great-tasting turkey is simple: we care. For three generations, we’ve taken a hands-on approach to raising turkeys, and you’ll see it in every aspect of the farm. It might take some extra work, but ensuring the best quality is worth it.

We know that treatment matters to you, and it's our key priority, so we take extra care with our turkeys.

We use an intense hands-on approach, checking into the barns every 2–3 hours to ensure they have all they need.

Extra pampering, like consistent fresh bedding and water, makes a stress-free environment for our birds — and a better product for you.

Over 30 years ago, our forefather Harry Hayter free ranged his prized turkeys — until he lost an entire flock in a heat wave.

The very next year, he built his first open-sided barn, and Hayter’s turkeys have been better protected ever since.

Barns shelter our turkeys from the extreme heat and cold, and safeguard against predators and diseases. Open sides let in a breeze from Lake Huron, providing a comfortable environment.

Our turkeys eat a well-rounded diet.

Their feed is primarily made of corn, wheat, and soybeans. However, turkeys are omnivores, and our feed is fortified with vitamins, minerals and protein to provide the nutrition they need.

The use of steroids and added hormones are banned from all Canadian poultry.

At Hayter's, we never have — and never will — use these substances.

We truly care about our turkeys, and believe it’s most humane to nurse ill turkeys back to health.

To provide the best environment possible, we believe in the responsible use of antibiotics. At Hayter’s farm, antibiotics are never used for growth promotion, and they are always prescribed by a veterinarian.

When antibiotics are necessary to our birds’ health, we adhere to a strict withdrawal period before processing. This ensures there is no antibiotic residue left in the turkey’s system. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency consistently tests our product to confirm they are antibiotic-free, and safe for your family.

Hayter’s Farm is a Poult-to-Plate integrated operation.

We’re the only turkey farm in Canada that raises birds and processes our products on-site. By managing every step, we can ensure the best practices for our birds, environment, and customers.