The hens performed much better in the coops and the little flock grew to 500 laying hens by 1957. Nell’s eldest son was managing a Glendale service station at this time and his new wife had time on her hands – and experience working in her father’s local dry goods stores. So, he bought 500 baby chicks to match Nell’s flock, and the two women became 50/50 partners in the new business. Soon, egg production exceeded the back porch sales, so they began to sell out of the back seat of a ‘55 Ford coupe to local cafés and grocery stores.

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