A young entrepreneur shares her experience keeping backyard chickens and selling the surplus eggs.
By Aidan Cooper
Published February 08, 2012
I live on a hobby farm just outside the little town of Dundas. Moving from the North End of Hamilton, this was an opportunity to keep and raise animals. To get started with animals, we decided to kick it off with chickens.
Our chickens were about 20 weeks old when we got them. They laid eggs every 3 to 4 days and the eggs were very tiny. But as the chickens got older and matured, the eggs came more frequently and were bigger.
I changed the water every day and fed them. Eventually we graduated from an old drawer and board across the back wall of the coop to a roost and laying boxes. We bought a new watering container and brought in a larger feeding container.
Our 18 hens were laying every 24 hours. We were collecting a dozen eggs a day. My family decided to sell some of our bounty. We did not have a huge business by any means, but we had chickens to greet every morning and to clean up after every 2-3 months.
They gave us and a few others eggs, and in turn we gave them a safe coop to rest in and a shady yard to take dust baths in.
Chickens are one of the most easy pets to take care of. Some people think they stink a lot and that can be true, but only if the coop has not been cleaned in the past little while.
Chickens are smart and social birds; they greet you in the morning and are excited to see you at the gate. Chickens can be taught to be held without scratching and can come when called. They put themselves to bed at night so all you have to do is close the door.
I would encourage you to purchase a chicken or two. From my experience, all you need is care.
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