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Entrepreneurial 9-year-old finds success selling own chicken eggs

Vincent Carter has always been a "chicken charmer," according to his mom. Now, his chicken charming skills are helping him make a few bucks in his new side business.

Vincent Carter holds up his family's rooser, Sir, on Saturday, March 9 in his family home's backyard in Cheyenne. Speaking about the rooster name, he said "I don't personally like that, but I couldn't come up with a better name." (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — If Vincent Carter isn’t designing a spaceship out of his dozens of Lego sets, tinkering with his family’s model train set or playing board games or video games on his Nintendo video game console, he may be tending to his family’s chicken farm. 

In recent months, the 9-year-old has been pursuing a new project involving his poultry pals. Every morning, Vincent strolls to his family’s chicken shed to deliver leftover vegetable and meat scraps to the birds. And before he leaves, he recovers any eggs that might have been left for him. Over the past several weeks, Vincent has been tending to the 17 chickens roaming inside an enclosed pen in his family’s backyard. Every day, he recovers anywhere from 10 to 20 eggs, which he’s been selling as his new side hustle.

Chickens owned by the Carter family roam around their enclosed pen Saturday, March 9 in the Carter family’s backyard in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Vincent recovers and shows eggs he found resting inside his family’s chicken shack Saturday, March 9 in the Carter family’s backyard in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

Through his mom, Lola Rae Carter, Vincent has already sold around 15 dozen fresh eggs to local residents since the beginning of March. The third grader at Pioneer Park Elementary School has always been better with their family’s chickens, his mom said, calling him a “chicken charmer.” Whenever she has trouble grabbing hold of one of the birds, she calls upon her son to help her out.

“They just seem to like him … ever since he’s been a little kid,” Carter said. She holds onto videos of him chasing and playing with chickens from a young age.

Vincent drops vegetable and meat scraps from a bucket in front of his chickens Saturday, March 9 in the Carter family’s backyard in Cheyenne.(Jared Gendron/Cap City News)
Chickens munch on family dinner leftovers Saturday, March 9 in the Carter family’s backyard in Cheyenne. (Jared Gendron/Cap City News)

Vincent can idle toward and snatch a chicken into his arms with ease, Cap City News confirmed after observing him do so Saturday, March 9. Five of his feathered friends, Carter said, were given to him for his birthday.

After Carter posted about her son’s new endeavor on the Cheyenne Community Connections Facebook group, she began receiving an influx of comments and messages, so much so that she can only keep up with private messages, she said.

Vincent is selling the chicken eggs for $5 a dozen. Anyone interested in picking any up can privately message Carter at her Facebook page here.