$6,000 — Heritage Birds
The Glovers are purchasing heritage breeds (Buckeyes and Partridge Chanteclers) that are on the near extinct list and are hatching their own chicks, using a new incubator. With the purchase of a poultry processing unit, they can offer meat to their customers for the first time. They are also selling baby chicks to other local poultry farmers and offering the use of their equipment to them.
The Glovers are increasing the number of laying hens from 60 to 100 to satisfy the high demand for brown eggs to Swain County residents and restaurants. With this expansion, they will be considered one of the largest egg producers in the county.