Boy From Yelm Has a Budding Egg Operation

By Brandon Hansen / For the Nisqually Valley News
Posted 6/21/22

Hailey White’s family has raised chickens since her son, Theo, was just a baby.

White started the first flock when they lived in Wisconsin and Theo helped wash eggs and pack them once he …

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Boy From Yelm Has a Budding Egg Operation

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Hailey White’s family has raised chickens since her son, Theo, was just a baby.

White started the first flock when they lived in Wisconsin and Theo helped wash eggs and pack them once he got older.

Since moving to Washington a little over a year ago, the Whites settled in Yelm, once again raising chickens and building a coop. This time around, however, Theo has taken over.

“He picked out a few too many birds,” White said with a laugh. “Now he has over 30 chickens. We get like two dozen eggs a day.”

Theo, age 8, cleans the coop, puts clean shavings in for the hens, cleans out the automatic watering system and then works to sell the eggs. Theo uses the money to purchase more chicken food to start the process over again.

“I really enjoy doing it and I think the most fun part is catching the chickens,” Theo said. “I’m really fast and I’m good at doing illusions. When they think I’m gone, I sneak up behind them or I’m able to corner them in the coop by closing the door.”

White also mentioned Theo uses treats when he catches the chickens. He also has four turkeys who he insists are much smellier, but continues to clean up after them too.

The White’s coop is 10 feet by 15 feet and provides lots of roosting room. The chickens, however, are able to roam the 5 acre piece of property they are housed on. 

“They’re usually scavenging for worms and slugs,” Theo said. “That’s what makes their eggs so good. They’re usually dark orange yolks.”



Farm fresh eggs have grown in demand as people have become more interested in a shorter supply chain and chickens they know have been treated humanely. This has led to Theo’s egg business growing by word of mouth and on Facebook.

“We do have a cooler by our gate where people can come by and pick up the eggs if they please,” White said. “We just got hooked up with the Team Feed organization down in Olympia so whenever we have excess eggs, we send them down there.”

The chickens slow down during the winter, but still produce eggs so Theo has to tend to his birds every day.

“Sometimes my mom does it as well,” Theo said.

Overall, White said the community has given them positive feedback on the eggs. Many people have been surprised with the dark yolks when they compare them to the pale, yellow yolks of store bought eggs. 

“It’s a whole different thing,” White said. “People are trending toward animal welfare and don’t want to buy eggs from chickens that are factory farmed in a metal warehouse and fed corn. Our birds are outside, living natural lives.”

Theo’s chickens include several different breeds. They include Dorking Chickens, one of which he has named “Dork.” They also have Rhode Island Reds, Plymouth Rock chickens and other varieties. This means a dozen eggs from Theo can feature all sorts of different shades and colors.

“We have the full rainbow effect with our eggs,” Theo said.

If anyone is interested in buying eggs, they can email hailey_white@live.com or call or text her at 425-577-8621.

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