I was raised on farm with hundreds of chickens. One spring cleaning of hen house is enough for anyone. After (5) years of that, enough was enough. I thought at the age of (17) that I never wanted to see another chicken in my life. Now, I am (70) yrs. of age and have decided to put a young autistic man (25) into the commercial chicken business that will develop his public communications skills and maybe offer him an opportunity to be self-sufficient to a large degree for the rest of his life. We have 171 eggs under incubation at this time. He will be hatching out starting on Dec. 24. He will be selling his eggs at the Farmer's Market and after it closes at a Private Fruit Stand located in the community. In our state of Georgia it is necessary to have a "Candling License" to sell away from the farm, ranch, or house. He passed his test on December 9, 2015 and is now a "Georgia Licensed Egg Candler".
Given that this was his first successful attempt to be like everyone else, you can imagine his pride and enjoyment of his success.
His parents are divorced and they state, along with his siblings, that they have never seen such a change in him in his 25 years and we have not even gotten started. I have know him since 2000 and decided to do this in November of this year and we are making a lot of progress. You could say he is going to "FLY THE COOP, OF AUTISM". He is outstanding with animals, I asked him to dispose of his 60-70 hens and Roo's and he put an add on Craigslist and has been selling them off. We will be raising, French Black, French Blue, French Wheaten Marans; Black, Buff, Chocolate, Lavender Orpingtons, While these are not the best for selling masses of eggs, we will add those types later. We are into developing the market first.
How can you help?
I want to develop a banner and T-shirts and have the need for a photo of a "BIG BUTT HEN" from that observant position.
A Wyandotte or an Orpington would make one of the best photo's. Do you have such a photo, do you know of anyone who does, if copyrighted will you or they release it to me for this purpose. Please contact me if you can assist in this endeavor in this manner.