MRS. F. B. BUNCH
1883 – 1961
Mrs. F. B. Bunch was born in Chetam County, Tennessee and was married to Mr. Fred B. Bunch, Sr., who was in the textile business. She was a graduate of Western Kentucky College in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Mrs. Bunch became interested in the poultry industry in the early 1920’s and started a small hatchery in the basement of her home in 1926. She later added a room to the house called the "pine room" that housed the Bunch Hatchery consisting of two Smith incubators.
Mrs. Bunch was noted in her early years for her Wyandottes, Barred Rocks, and Rhode Island Reds, and was an innovator in developing the North Carolina broiler industry. She produced New Hampshire-Barred Rock crossed chickens for broiler production, and was one of the early broiler contractors in Iredell County. She became known throughout the broiler industry as an astute businesswoman, and was the first president of the North Carolina Poultry Association.
Mrs. Bunch was a true pioneer in the North Carolina poultry industry, and the North Carolina Poultry Federation is pleased to honor her as a member of the North Carolina Poultry Hall of Fame.