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Kodiak poulterer hatches business plan in Bell's Flats

JAMES BROOKS Kodiak Daily Mirror
First Posted: December 29, 2011 - 10:13 pm
Last Updated: December 29, 2011 - 10:13 pm

PHOTO: Chris Ford, owner of Bell's Flats Poultry, sets out a dish of feed for her flock of ducks on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2011, at her home outside Kodiak, Alaska. The feed, a mixture of locally grown an imported items, is one of the ways Ford is keeping costs low in order to produce eggs economically on Kodiak Island. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Kodiak Daily Mirror)
Chris Ford, owner of Bell's Flats Poultry, sets out a dish of feed for her flock of ducks on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2011, at her home outside Kodiak, Alaska. The feed, a mixture of locally grown an imported items, is one of the ways Ford is keeping costs low in order to produce eggs economically on Kodiak Island. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Kodiak Daily Mirror)

Chris Ford, owner of Bell's Flats Poultry, sets out a dish of feed for her flock of ducks on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 27, 2011, at her home outside Kodiak, Alaska. The feed, a mixture of locally grown an imported items, is one of the ways Ford is keeping costs low in order to produce eggs economically on Kodiak Island. (AP Photo/James Brooks, Kodiak Daily Mirror)

KODIAK, Alaska — Frozen eggs, expensive feed and slick ice. These are the problems facing Chris Ford as she expands her Bell's Flats poultry operation from a hobby to a full-fledged business.

Then there are the bears, hawks and foxes.

"We haven't had the problems some of my neighbors have had with hawks," she said on a chilly Tuesday afternoon during a tour of her poultry yard. "We've put up electric fencing all along (the perimeter), and that seems to keep (animals) out."

Ford's business, named Bell's Flats Poultry, is a new venture for the avid hunter who works as a nurse and at Kodiak College. Ford said she started keeping chickens three years ago as a hobby, but only incorporated her business in October, when she realized that she has become one of the go-to sources on Kodiak Island for... http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b826c7ed58eb40f9912e59f7e8c0bc3b/AK--Poultry-Business/