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Staying Close to Our Roots

For four generations, Jenks Hatchery has delivered the highest quality chicks and poults. Over the last century, many businesses have come and gone, but our family farm has stood the test of time. For us, family-owned also means family-run. Heavily involved in the daily operation of our 200 acre facility are founder E.M. Jenks' grandchildren, John Jenks and Larry Jenks, as well as his great-grandchild, Aaron Jenks.

Learning from the Best

You might be surprised to know that, a hundred years later, we continue to use many of the practices and processes set in place by our grandfather and fathers. We've learned from the best and, combined with the latest poultry technology, we continue to improve our methods and products.

We are proud that the Jenks Hatchery name has come to represent trust and delivering the highest quality poultry. Ask anyone!

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The Jenks Story

Every family business has a story. This is ours. What started with our grandfather, E.M. Jenks, has grown and evolved through the years. Learn more about our history and how our business is run today.

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Leaving a Legacy

In 1910, E.M. Jenks established Jenks Hatchery on the same property that the business sits on today, in Tangent, Oregon. E.M. had a vision that he could create a successful business by breeding and hatching only the finest poultry, and over the years, this vision has become a reality. As Jenks Hatchery has grown, so has the involvement of the Jenks family. In the late 1930s, E.M. Jenks' two sons, Marlowe and Melvin, joined the business. Each son added his expertise in the development of poultry technology and marketing.

E.M. Jenks died in 1966, but not before a third generation, first-cousins John and Larry Jenks, had the opportunity to continue in the family tradition. Today, you'll find a fourth generation, E.M.'s, great-grandchild, Aaron, learning the ropes, having graduated from Oregon State University in June 2014 studying poultry science. This new generation is being trained in the poultry practices that have made the Jenks family name synonymous with quality chicks and poults.