(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
EWENS BROTHERS CHICKEN FARM: Valley youth raise chickens to sell organic eggs…
Andrew Carnegie, Henry Ford, J. P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller, Caden and Forrest Ewens? Two Chewelah youth are becoming titans of industry after starting their own business: the Ewens Brothers Chicken Farm in Valley.
The brothers built a chicken coop and started their business venture last July buying some chicks and raising them into egg-laying adults.
In all, the brothers have 35 chickens and one rooster named Denver. Their chickens are red and black sex-links with some crosses thrown in for good measure.
“I remember reading a book and really getting inspired to start a chicken farm,” Cade Ewens said.
While the family farm also has cows and ponies, the two share duties with taking care of the chickens. Caden handles the watering, while Forest handles the feeding. They get their organic feed from Red Bridge Farms in Kettle Falls.
“We changed our feed to theirs and saw a big bump in how many eggs they lay,” Forrest said. “Now we get 2-3 dozen a day and 31 was our record.”
The two provide eggs for both neighbors and people in the community, delivering organic eggs in the Chewelah-Valley area.
“The toughest part is keeping up with orders: we have had a lot of customers now,” Caden said.
Other issues include keeping up with the feeding, dealing with the cold as you have to keep the chickens warm, cleaning the coop and keeping them in coop since you know, birds tend to fly.
“They can fly up to five feet but we keep hay on the ground so they stay there and peck at it,” Forrest said.
The Ewens Bros. Chicken Farm has a Facebook at facebook.com/EwensBrothersChickenFarm/ and have reached worldwide status.
“We’ve had a like from the United Kingdom,” Forrest said.
The boys sell a dozen for $3.50 and sometimes the eggs are double-yokers.
The boys said their favorite part is seeing how many eggs the chickens lay. They’re also very appreciative of all the community members and customers that have helped support them.
Each Ewen Bros. Chicken Farm dozen comes with a chicken joke in the egg carton, because they boys wanted to add a personal touch.
Their parents, Teagan and Stephen Ewens, are thrilled that the farm is showing the boys how hard work can turn into a business, and it’s showing them that sometimes things take months before they materialize into a venture.
Forrest added that the brothers are expecting to get “Easter Eggers” chickens that lay colored eggs. He also mentioned hoping to have some sort of factory someday. You see, he’s already planning on being a big titan of industry.
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