MECHANIC FALLS (WGME) — A 6-year-old-boy is making the best of this pandemic. Luke Coolidge has started his own farm.
It started in March with a trip to Tractor Supply with his grandmother.
“Every time he went — literally it was weekly — he was coming home with either chickens or ducks. Mother’s Day he got me a duck,” said the farmer’s mother, Katie Daigle.
What was once a small chicken coop has grown into a busy backyard farm.
“It’s been pretty good so far,” said the boy, who calls himself Farmer luke. And like a farmer, Luke tends to his animals each day.
“Check the eggs, feed the animals, and then I’ll go around and play with them so they can get used to me,” he said.
“It’s been really good,” his mother said. “He’s been home with me since the pandemic.”
She said while the farm has been a healthy outlet for Luke this past year, it’s also been a learning experience.
“But he’s now starting to learn more of the business side of things, too, that he does get money for his eggs,” she said.
So far, Luke has slaughtered two roosters and sells the meat and eggs at his grandparent’s shop. He then uses the money to buy feed.
“He is 6 years old and he’s doing this, he loves it,” Daigle said.
He even cooks along the way.
“The duck eggs have more protein and the chicken eggs have less protein,” Farmer Luke said.
For Luke, this is only the beginning. He has plans.
“A cow, a couple pigs, and a lot of things,” he said.