Shortly after starting their business, Oscar and Vida Dunlap moved the operation to Caldwell, Idaho and raised poultry on their farm. The eggs were hatched in redwood incubators which involved turning the eggs by hand several times a day. Local farmers picked up chicks at their store. Chicks were shipped through the postal service and were also transported by train. Unsold chicks were kept and raised to sell as pullets.
My father, Ralph Dunlap moved the hatchery to a larger parcel of land in Caldwell in the 1940’s. Today, this farm is still used for our retail outlet and 12,000 breeder hens. In the 1950’s, new Jamesway incubators were purchased. These machines were made out of metal and had automatic turners. During this period, my father married Faye York and three children were born and raised at the farm. We all learned to work on the farm and take care of poultry.
Our newer farm now has several poultry houses adding several thousand breeders to our existing breeder farm. Two hatchery buildings have been built adding new incubators which can incubate in excess of 800,000 eggs. To support this production, a large warehouse was constructed to provide storage for shipping boxes and equipment.
Today, we look back and see many changes. We now hatch in excess of two million chicks per year. Over sixty breeds of poultry are hatched weekly, from quail to geese. We supply chicks to over 400 stores, not to mention many loyal individual customers. Our website,www.dunlaphatcherypoultry.com continues to grow providing both poultry and poultry equipment for sale.
Being the second oldest hatchery in the United States is an accomplishment that we are proud of. To us, it shows that we must be doing things right- providing good products and service to our customers. We at Dunlap’s are a family run business right down to our employees. Should you have any questions, please call us, visit our website, or stop by our show room. We have 100 years of experience to provide you.