VOLENTE, Texas (KXAN) — As egg prices continue to climb, an Austin-based company sees a flood of prospects coming to them for their backyard chicken coop expertise. I’m here.
Coop is an Austin-based company that specializes in beginner courses for those new to chicken coop cleaning, chicken sitting, and backyard hobbies. The business is scheduled to officially launch in March of this year, but nothing can stop potential customers from inquiring about the poultry farming course for beginners.
In the past month alone, Coop has seen a 20% spike in class inquiries. Co-founders Jordan Burns and AJ Forsythe said the 90-minute class lays the foundation for how to effectively raise chickens.
This course not only provides the typical tools a poultry farmer needs, such as chicken feed, gloves, shovels, and other necessities, but also covers food and water needs, reading chicken body language, I will outline how to decipher such “cries”.
“One of the reasons people think they can’t keep chickens is this knowledge gap, so we’re trying to close that gap and help people run a simple crash course. said Barnes. “Then they can start creating their own food supply.”
Burns and Forsythe say this recent surge in interest may be due to a number of factors, including attitudes toward health in the New Year following the holiday season.
But with the bird flu outbreak and a 60% rise in egg prices, Forsythe said he’s especially passionate about making backyard chicken coops more accessible to people in Central Texas.
“There are so many birds dying from bird flu that it’s a joke that everyone is talking about eggs right now,” he said. I think it’s a good turning point for us to grow our own food with our own hands in the backyard.”
In addition to the cost savings of home-made eggs, Burns and Forsyth say backyard eggs offer significant nutritional benefits compared to mass-produced eggs sold in stores.
- 20 times the amount of beta-carotene
- 25% more B vitamins
- 25% lower cholesterol
In addition to the “Intro to Chickens 101” course, Coop also offers chicken coop cleaning and backyard babysitting services for away owners.
“We believe in a world where everyone can own their own food supply,” Forsythe said. “We are very excited to soon show the world what we are building here.”