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DUBUQUE HATCHERY

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Dubuque Hatchery. Dubuque Hatchery was located on Central Avenue south of the DUBUQUE COUNTY COURTHOUSE in Dubuque for nearly fifty years. Between the 1940s and 1970s, nearly every one of the several thousand farms in Dubuque County raised chickens. By 1994, the broiler chicken business was making a comeback on hobby farms, but the chick business remained with no more than one hundred customers.

The hatchery stopped raising chicks about 1970 choosing instead to purchase them from larger hatcheries. The feed business suffered when larger farms purchased directly from the manufacturer. The hatchery which had sold baby chickens, supplies and feed, and purchased eggs from local farmers was closed in 1994.