LENOX TOWNSHIP — The increased spread of COVID-19 and a glitch in software, couldn’t slow down the Kickstarter event for Katie Stinson’s chicken feeder invention on Sunday afternoon.
A Kickstarter event attempts to connect people interested in a product through an online connection so questions about the product can be answered and people can buy it.
Stinson held a Facebook Live event from her home.
The chicken feeder was designed during the pandemic to try and feed her backyard chickens. She got some help from her father, Tim Carter, who lives in North Carolina. She said it has been great to work with her father.
“We had about 600 people,” Stinson said of the folks that came online to hear about the project with more than 75 people ordering the product. She said she originally had not anticipated such a large interest, but she realized interest was high in the last week.
“In the last three days, we have responded to 1,600 emails from all over the country and a lot from Canada,” she said.
The first 25 people to purchase the feeder got a $100 price and the next 50 purchased the product for $125, Stinson said.
“It is surpassing our expectations,” she said.
Stinson stepped out of her comfort zone in creating the feeder as she went to culinary school and works in the hospitality industry.
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