Southern Utah farms is run and operated in Orderville Utah by two 17 year old boys Austin and Coleman. While actively involved in FFA, we are incorporating our hatchery into our SAE project, which will help obtain scholarships and proficiency awards. With the help of family members, teachers, our small hatchery has begun to take shape.
How it was started
Two years ago there was 14 chicks left over from a class project at school. Those 14 chicks became our start. Without a chicken coop Austin went right to work building what was a good chicken coop, stealing the families wood shed and adding some wire to it. This later became known as the "Shanty Coop". It did the job temporarily and housed the chickens throughout the winter.
After seeing the strange architecture of the "shanty coop", Austin's Grandpa went to work helping build a new coop. The new coop became known as the laying coop. But there was only one problem, there was only 7 hens and that was not nearly enough chickens to occupy the coop. Soon after an order of 52 of new chicks was made, but the bigger they got the less space there was available. The coop wasn't big enough. So Grandpa came back again and another coop was built.
Following the completion of the third coop, Coleman came into the mix. He had always had chickens around and knew a lot about them and his grandpa also had a large flock of backyard chickens. We set out to find an incubator, and after a little searching got hold of a 216 egg incubator and a brooder from the shop teacher. Word of mouth had brought to many requests, more than the incubator could supply. The school janitor helped out and loaned his personal one. A short time later, Coleman's grandpa informed us of a 5 layer brooder we could use. We were in business. Since then more coops have been built and different breeds are becoming available. Thanks to the Grandpas, who continue to help out and give advice whenever needed, and supplying us with our White Leghorn and Production Red eggs.