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Miller's First Flock

Posted May 2, 2013

Von Miller, a poultry science minor at Texas A&M, now owns 38 chickens. Miller Farms is up and running.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Von Miller already has 30 sacks after just two NFL seasons.

He also has 38 chickens.

"Got my first chickens," Miller said Thursday, joking that he named them all after his teammates. "I'm pretty excited about it."

The third-year linebacker minored in poultry science at Texas A&M, and while football is his first passion, he's made it clear he wants to get into the business of chickens as well.

His new flock is the first step. Miller said he didn't want to just throw a ton of money out to get started -- instead he wanted to raise his own chicks and learn from the ground up.

"Getting into the poultry industry is something that I always wanted to do," he said. "I really wanted to get to the fundamentals, get back to just raising chicks, and I'm just going to go from there. I raised chicks in college in class and stuff, but now it's just a project for me to do it on my own and see where I go with it."

Since the weather in Denver has fluctuated so much lately -- it was 85 degrees over the weekend, then snowed Wednesday -- Miller decided to keep the chickens on his eight acres of land in his home in Dallas.

For about a year-and-a-half, there's been a chicken coop on the property -- but no chickens.

"We finally just made the move to go ahead and get them," he said.

And now Miller Farms -- the working name for the venture -- is up and running.

"Miller Farms is where I'm starting out, but it's all raw right now," Miller said. "Who knows? I'm only in my third year in the league. This is just a small investment where I can see where I go from here. Hopefully it will snowball into something bigger."