Michigan Chick Center (Michigan Historic Marker)

Name of Historic Site:  Michigan Chick Center Informational Designation

Description of Historic Site:  Zeeland’s origins as a major player in the poultry industry dates back to 1906, this is when Douwe Wyngarden purchased two incubators by mail and this started the area’s first commercial chicken hatchery.  It is reported that 10 million chicks are shipped annually from forty area hatcheries.  In 1947 Michigan Tradesman referred to Zeeland as the chick capital of the state. The magazine states that Zeeland is “nationally recognized as the quality chick center of the United States.”  The importance of the chick industry is reflected in many ways in Zeeland.  The Zeeland high schools sports team is known as the Chix and an annual pageant crowns a “Zeeland Chick Queen.”

Address:  Corner of Church and Central Ave Zeeland, MI