What came first, the chicken or the egg? For Kaden Kipp, it was the chicken. His first one showed up on Easter morning six years ago. Since then, there have been a few more added to the brood and in the very near future, another 20 hens will join the feathered group.
Once all the hens begin laying eggs, Kaden will be ready to open his organic egg selling business called Kaden’s Kluckers.
“I got started with chickens when they showed up on Easter one morning in 2015,” Kaden explained. “From then on, I raised them and showed them in 4-H and kept expanding the flock for eggs for my family.”
Kaden currently has 10 chickens, all have names and are more like pets than you might think. Soon, there will be 20 more “girls” added to the coop and when they are all settled and laying eggs, Kaden’s Kluckers will be open for business.
So when did this 12-year old seventh grader, whose parents are Tim and Rachel Kipp, start thinking of making a business out of his organic egg-laying chickens?
A few months ago Kaden’s mom told him about a program called Building the Future of Agriculture, sponsored by the Native American Community Development Corporation (NACDC).
The program was offering a series of business classes to young, up and coming agricultural entrepreneurs, helping them learn how create a business plan for their business and understand what financial management of a business was all about.
The kids were then asked to choose a business they would like to run and then create a business plan for it.
Kaden knew he wanted his agri-business to be all about his chickens, so he got busy and wrote out a business plan and submitted it along with an application to the NACDC financial services board. That board reviewed all the business plans and then selected the best plans and awarded those kids with grant monies to start their own agri-business.
Kaden was thrilled to be one of those with a winning business plan and even more happy to be awarded grant monies in the amount of $3,000.
What is Kaden going to do with his grant money? “I am going to provide and buy all of the proper supplies and care needed for the chickens. I am going to rehab an old farm shed my parents are giving me. I have plans to insulate, roof, paint and create a watering system. I will also have proper size and quantity of nesting boxes and will need to predator-proof the coop making sure skunks, coyotes and weasels do not get into the coop and eat the chickens or eggs.”
Kaden will be feeding all his chickens organic feed which means “we will not give the chickens any chemicals, pesticides or medications.” They will also be free-range chickens which means the “chickens are provided space to eat natural foods such as insects and plants,” he added.
He chose organic and free-range chickens as his business after rescuing a handful of factory farm chickens and seeing the condition those chickens were in. They were mostly featherless and had obviously been, as he said, “overworked.”
“From then on, I was set on trying to make a better, more friendly way to produce eggs that were organic and fresh for this community,” he announced.
As with any grant, the recipients need to provide information on how the monies have been spent. Kaden said, “I will keep a record of all the money spent on the project and maintain production records for my operation.”
Kaden has that part of his new business worked out. He did admit, however, he is still working out the details for selling his organic eggs once the hens start laying them, which he assumed will be the first part of June. “I would like to sell my organic eggs for $3 a dozen,” he shared. “After having both factory farm eggs and eggs from my own chickens, I can guarantee these will be the best clucking eggs you have ever had!” And so the slogan for Kaden’s Kluckers was born.
Kaden’s Kluckers will probably be advertising the sale of their organic eggs on Facebook and hope to spread the news even further by the best form of advertising, “word of mouth.”
“My biggest hope for Kaden is to learn the process of business operations and animal husbandry, as well as being connected with the community,” said his mother Rachel.
Once you have tried free-range, organic eggs, you just might want to continue buying them. Kaden knows this and that is why he plans on continuing Kaden’s Kluckers until he graduates from high school in the spring of 2026 and then hopes to pass along his established business to his sister Mecca.
Kaden said starting his own business will not only be fun but will “be a new learning experience.”