Meredith Torres, a 12-year-old student at Immanuel Schools in Reedley, reached into her family's chick brooder and pulled out a small yellow chick.
"We have more than 10 chickens here," Meredith said as she gently stroked the top of the baby chicks head. "And with these chick's we'll probably have 28 when they're grown up probably. Watching the chickens grow up is cool. Once we get them they're so little then after two weeks they're huge, and it's the same with our ducks."
Meredith lives with her sisters and her parents, Julie and Daniel Torres, just outside the Reedley city limits. The family is part of a growing trend across the country. Raising chickens for their eggs.
Just steps from the brooder stands a tall chicken coop.
"Daniel built this whole coop," said Julie. "He built the shed, the boxes, everything."
Julie added that they like to have a variety of chickens because they lay a variety of eggs.
"Well, they lay almost every single day," said Julie. "So right now, we have about 16 chickens that are of laying age. We collect anywhere between ten and 16 eggs every single day, and yea that's a lot of eggs."
"We never have an egg shortage over here," Julie continued. "We are trying to give them away most of the time."
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