Nine-year-old poultry farmer hits pay dirt

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Zimmerman replaces iPad, and then some

By Ben Carlson

She bought her new iPad, paid off her grandfather and even had enough left to purchase another batch of chicks.
Leah Zimmerman, 9, the subject of a front page article in the April 17 edition of The Anderson News that featured her efforts to replace a broken iPad by raising and selling chickens, has hit pay dirt, according to an e-mail from her father, John.
He said they took the chicks to the twice-monthly chicken swap held in the West Park Shopping Plaza parking lot, but rain shortened it and she only sold eight of the 100 chicks she had purchased.
He said when they returned home, he posted them for sale on a popular website and it didn’t take long before they were gone.
“Some guy from Danville drove up and haggled with my 9-year-old until they settled on $4.25 per chick and he bought all of them,” John said. “And with feed, that was fine with me.”
John said she used the proceeds to purchase the new iPad and paid back her grandfather, who loaned her the money to buy the chicks.
Then, she celebrated as only true entrepreneur can do.
“She stayed in her room for hours counting her $400 over and over,” John said, who added his enterprising pre-teen isn’t stopping there.
“She ordered 100 more chicks with what was left, saying she gets to keep all of [the money] this time.”