Billy Hickman is a third-generation egg farmer and Vice President of one of the United States’ top 20 egg companies.
Since early childhood, Billy and his brothers spent time working in all facets of the farm’s operation. Using very limited resources, Billy quickly began to create ways to make the chicken barns more efficient in feeding, watering, and climate control.
Before national chains began to require improvements, Billy had already implemented vast improvements for laying barns in air quality for human worker and hen welfare, and manure removal and barn cleaning – all the while reducing breakage during the journey the egg takes from hen to processing.
Billy always kept track of the hens’ reports even when he was asked to manage the egg processing and loading areas. His compassion for all animals is exhibited in today’s transition back to a better cage-free environment for laying hens.
All the Hickman siblings watched their granddad checking in on hens twice daily. First, he checked temperatures, then hit every feeder with his knuckle to listen to the sound it made to indicate fullness. He rescued wayward hens on the ground who had no chance for feed and limited access to water except for the front cooling pads, by walking through each of the seven hen houses first thing in the morning and at 5:30 every evening. Billy makes sure he still watches every hen from his office and if you visit him, he will show you how he does it. It’s his greatest tribute to his granddad’s memory, and Billy’s on demand information systems seem to mirror what his granddad did on foot.
His attention to detail in every aspect of the journey the egg takes from hen to table represents total emphasis on superior food safety.
Community impact is a very high priority for Billy and his team. He watched his grandparents give to friends and neighbors in need, starting with their employees’ families. Programs are provided to help relieve hunger, support education, and promote extensive and ongoing training in every community that Hickman brands are welcomed.