A YOUNG Mearns man has come up with an egg-cellent plan to start a business - with some help from his feathered friends.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th April 2010, 1:19 pm
Updated Friday, 16th April 2010, 1:19 pm

16-year-old Alistair McBain, from Glenbervie, has started selling eggs produced by his hens and ducks to family and friends to raise money.

He has a total of 14 hens and five ducks that lay around 60 eggs per week. He sells them in batches of six and manages to raise around 15 a week.

Alistair thought of the idea while on a family holiday. He was inspired to spend his own pocket money buying hens and ducks and converted the family's Wendy House into place for the birds to live.

"I really enjoy working with the birds - they are a lot of fun," he said. "They get cleaned once a week, but get checked on a couple times a day for eggs. I'm trying to save some of the money I make, but I've managed to spend most of it on things that are a bit more fun!"

Farming seems to run in Alistair's blood. He said: "My dad used to be a farmer, and a lot of my friends are farmers who I help out. I also work on a pig farm and I do manual labour such as rolling barley."

Now the fourth year Mackie Academy pupil wants to put his ideas to the test and become one of the leading farmers in the industry.

He said: "I hope to do fifth year at school then go on to the Scottish Agricultural College to do a BSc in Agriculture. So hopefully this will stand me in good stead."

His mum, Jane McBain said she was extremely proud of her son's ambitions. She said: "It was all his idea and we just left him to do it. He has been very keen to do it, he took a lot of initiative and he's done really well. We are really proud of him.

"It's only a small business but it's shown him the different aspects of running a business on a small scale, from marketing to accounts and making sure he covers his costs. It's been very good for him."

She added: "I was quite sceptical to begin with particularly about a mess in the garden, but you do get very attached to the birds, they definitely have got character!"