Business is booming for two boys running their own feathered hatchery

Posted at 11:44 AM, Mar 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-24 14:29:40-04

HILLSBORO, TX — 11-year old Jeremy and 7-year old Jamie Rhodes own more than 50 bird breeds as their feathered hatchery grows in more than double the size after three years.

The KXXV team first told you the story of the two brothers in 2016when they first started. Now they're hatching between 2,000 to 3,000 birds a week.

Scott and Jody Rhodes wanted to make sure their sons were outside and active, rather than sitting on the couch all day. What better way to do that than have the boys run their own business.

"Feed, water, heat, all that. Clean, bedding," Jeremy lists out the many tasks it takes to take care of everything.

From button quail to emu, the Rhodes family has it all. With the help of mom and dad, the two brothers are seeing customers come by each day hoping to purchase eggs or birds for themselves.

"We have three acres for them, so they make their own land payments, and so they pay for all the feed 100 percent. Whatever is left goes into their account," Rhodes said.

Hoping to save for college, the two love to hang out with their feathered friends.

"Sometimes I let them out and I lay in the grass and they run around me," Jeremy said.

When asked if it is hard to run the business they keep their heads held high.

"It's not hard, except for maintaining the big yard," Jamie said.

The Rhodes family collects more than 20-40 dozen eggs a day depending on the season. They then incubate the eggs or put them up for sale for others to purchase and they can incubate as well. They don't usually sell eggs for eating, most eggs that are laid are fertile.

Even though it takes a lot of work each day, Rhodes is proud of what the two boys have accomplished in just a few years.

"We're very proud of them," Rhodes said. "To see them get out there and do something else besides video games."

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