As national economic and environmental concerns continue to make headlines, more American families are taking control of what they put on the dinner table.
While reducing the strain on the family budget, they’re also sourcing food locally to gain peace of mind by knowing their food’s origination and how it was produced.
An example of this trend that is increasingly turning up next to the vegetable garden is the backyard chicken coop. In rural and suburban areas alike, backyard chickens are gaining in popularity for the eggs they produce.
Tractor Supply’s popular Chick Days event returns to area stores on Aug. 2-22.
As a general guide, a flock of 15 hens will produce about a dozen eggs per day during their peak.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Not only will your chickens provide fresh eggs, but they will also provide fresh fertilizer, fresh material for composting and insect control. Also, the eggs are more nutritious and many claim taste better than ones you buy in a supermarket.
Some essential planning is necessary prior to buying your first chicks, starting with ensuring you’re in compliance with local ordinances. Also, a well constructed coop is necessary to keep chickens productive and safe from predators. And while relatively low maintenance, chickens do require regular feeding and water, and a clean coop.
Many people are initially concerned about the smell or noise involved in raising backyard chickens, but it’s actually not the chickens that smell, but what they leave behind, just like any other pet or animal. So, a clean coop is certainly important in that regard. Concerns over noise pollution aren’t warranted either due to the fact that roosters aren’t necessary for hens to produce eggs – something you’re neighbors will appreciate during the early morning hours.
Once planning is complete, new poultry pioneers can purchase chicks at their local Tractor Supply Company store during Chick Days. The team members at your Tractor Supply store can help prepare you to provide the best care for your chicks, ensuring they grow into productive chickens. You can also log onto TractorSupply.com/ChickDays to learn more about raising chickens.
Tractor Supply is also your source for all of your poultry accessory needs including poultry feed and feeders, net/fencing, drinking fountains, heat lamps, and a wide variety of how-to books and magazines. Customers can also take advantage of Tractor Supply’s special order program that allows them to have their birds – including baby turkeys - shipped directly to their home in quantities of 25 or more.
Tractor Supply Company, the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States, operates more than 900 stores in 44 states.
The company's stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers. The company also serves the maintenance needs of those who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.
Stores are located in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.
The company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, pet and animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; (3) hardware and tool products; (4) seasonal products, including lawn and garden power equipment; (5) truck and towing products; and (6) work/recreational clothing and footwear for the entire family.