When the Hickman family settled in Glendale in 1944, Great Grandma Nell acquired a few hens for fresh eggs for the family. She was from rural Kansas, and it was quite common for a housewife back there to maintain a small flock of chickens in order to produce a little extra money for the family. In 1944, the practice wasn’t quite as widespread in Glendale, so Nell continued to add to her flock as neighbors heard about the eggs being sold off her back porch. Their grandfather had a full time job as an ironworker, but he built their grandmother an enclosed house, or coop, and as an early innovator, built individual cages in order to more easily care for the hens.

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