Two of our boys are in the “chicken business” — egg production business, I should say. Our 12 year old has been diligently writing business plans, calculating costs, reading about chickens, researching breeds and buying options and talking non-stop about his business ideas. This has been brewing for a while, but was actually jump-started about a month ago when a local restaurant owner told him as soon as he could supply 15 dozen eggs every week, he would buy from him. That was all it took to get those little entrepreneur wheels kicked into high gear.
The seven year old has been handed down the operation of being in charge of supplying our family with eggs. He is working on getting his own flock of chickens that he buys and raises. He has one buff hen laying currently. This hen he bought with his own money back in the summer and successfully raised a nice looking laying producer of which he is very proud of.
Then, of course, there are the 2 super buff chicks that are now safely in the chicken tractor and he tells me they will be laying in June. So he has a ways to go to raise his production levels to meet the egg usage demands of our large family, but is highly confident that he can do the job.
Both of these boys awoke early this morning and eagerly went to town with dad to buy some more chicks. The 12 year old bought 31 chicks to add to his business and our 7 year old bought 5 more buff chicks to add to his collection.
We were also informed today by the 12 year old that one of his pullets is definitely broody. She has been successfully sitting on her nest of 10 eggs and has pulled feathers. This was a very exciting discovery because he was the one who suspected she was ready to sit last week. Since then, he has been researching and reading about what to watch for and has been diligently checking in on her to make sure she was doing what she was supposed to be doing. Next week, he will candle the eggs.