We are a family of 5 living on the outskirts on Wake Forest, NC. Dad, (Mike) studied Poultry Science at NC State many years ago, but has never earned his living in this field. After moving to the country about 5 years ago, he decided to get 5 chickens for fun and for fresh backyard eggs. Our son, Ben, took an immediate interest in the project and began reading and learning everything he could about chickens. Several months later, he declared that he wanted to study poultry science and expressed a desire to raise some chickens of his own so he could sell eggs.
What we have now is a family business that is primarily a father/son venture. It was Ben's initial investment of his birthday money that we used to build several chicken tractors to raise money for the coop and starter flock. Now we maintain a permanent flock of 20 different breeds. We have a brooding shed for raising the "little birdies". And we run a large incubator to help keep up with demand.
Ben's main focus is on raising chicks to sell to small backyard flock owners. He likes to keep small batches of birds so that he can interact and handle them as often as possible. Our hope is that the little birdies you get from us will be calmer and more used to human contact. He does 90% of the care of the birds and runs a tight, clean operation.
Because we have had trouble keeping up with demand, we decided to grow into a hatchery as well. Mike takes care of this side of the business, as well as he continues to build and offer coops, brooders, trough feeders and nesting boxes.
All phone and internet traffic is handled by dad, as well as the scheduling of appointments.
Little Birdie Hatchery is partnering with Interfaith Food Shuttle to give chickens to at risk teens and families who live at or below the poverty level. If you donate a chick, LBH will match your gift with another chick. To donate a chick (two with the LBH match) send $5 to Little Birdie Hatchery at 9805 Adlie Drive, Wake forest, NC 27587. Make your check payable to Interfaith Food Shuttle. We will make sure it gets to them. Or, you can donate while you are at the hatchery.
Charity Chicks donated to date: 194