Stella’s Coop: trending flock in Irvington

Stella Mayhew said raising hens is a dream come true after asking her parents for six years to start her own coop. She has 11 hens and four newborns on her family’s Carter Creek property.

by AnnGardner Eubank

On the banks of the picturesque Carter Creek in Irvington, 11-year-old founding farmer and entrepreneur Stella Mayhew is spending her days raising healthy, free-range hens and learning the ins and outs of running her very own business while balancing her academic, social and family life.

Stella had been dreaming of raising hens for nearly six years until her parents, Tom and Trish, finally gave her the go ahead after relocating from Alexandria to Lancaster in the wake of the pandemic, she said.

On June 14, 2021, Stella finally saw her dreams become reality when she got six hybrids—a mix between Rhode Island Reds and Leghorns—to start her flock. Shortly after, she grew her small operation with the addition of several silkies and Americanas. She currently has 11 full-grown hens occupying her coops and is raising….

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