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Hollis residents offer advice on raising chickens


Skip and Nancy Payette own a property, located at 118 Broad St., that is zoned as a farm. Their sons are the entrepreneurs of note when it comes to raising chickens. The boys, Wesley, 17, a senior, and Luther, 15, a freshman, attend Hollis Brookline High School. Another son, Joshua, is a research scientist at MIT and a little too busy for chickens.

Nancy said the family has one goat, a couple of roosters and chickens that include Rhode Island Reds, White Leghorns, Americanas, Golden Buffs and other varieties. Folks from the community drive onto the property to buy freshly laid eggs.

Skip and Nancy credit their sons for turning a hobby into a thriving success. The young men hatch the eggs in an incubator. They do most of the egg business. They sell chicks at Easter time. It’s an ongoing effort that has grown over the years.

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