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East Texas fourth-grader shares love of raising chickens

Jeep Bryant tends to his flock of chickens at his Nacogdoches County home. (Source: KTRE Staff) Jeep Bryant tends to his flock of chickens at his Nacogdoches County home. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The 10  year old’s hobby is now the subject of a popular Facebook page, Jeep’s Friendly Farm. (Source: KTRE Staff) The 10 year old’s hobby is now the subject of a popular Facebook page, Jeep’s Friendly Farm. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The coop is made of repurposed items, including toilet bowls for hens to lay on their eggs. (Source: KTRE Staff) The coop is made of repurposed items, including toilet bowls for hens to lay on their eggs. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Jeep’s favorite hen is Runt because she lays on her back to be petted until she falls asleep. (Source: KTRE Staff) Jeep’s favorite hen is Runt because she lays on her back to be petted until she falls asleep. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Jeep Bryant knows every chicken in his flock. Their names are as unique as his own.

"Runt, Legs, Precious, Old Lady, Jumper, Jaqualin, Abcde," Jeep said. "How many is that?"

The number one rule is they all must be friendly.

"Never let a rooster overpower you," he said.

Which helps explain the coop's name: Jeep's Friendly Farm.

The same as Jeep's Facebook page, liked by many.

"My aunt said I bet he's going to have about 300 by the end of the week," Jeep said. "And it did."

The social media site followed a fourth-grader writer's block. His teacher told him to write about what he knows.

"I have a book about my chickens," he said. "I wanted to write poems"

Jeep is also sharing with readers how to take care of backyard flocks. And he knows a lot. The chicken coop is made of all repurposed materials. Jeep sells the eggs, all sizes and colors.

"You can't find green eggs in stores," he said.

Since it's a business, production is important. Sometimes Jeep jumpstarts younger hens by teaching them how to lay on their eggs.

"Golf balls help them start laying because they get used to it," he said.

The rooster helps Jeep's enterprise grow. And everyone, including nosy hens, looks forward to their arrival.

It's said hens have personalities. These must take after their owner.

"I do have a favorite chicken," he said. "This one is my favorite chicken because I can turn her over on her back, like this, and support her head and after a while she will go to sleep."

But no time for sleep for Jeep. He gets up with the chickens, caring, feeding and watering the pets that are giving him a creative outlet.

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