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Chick Days Powers Backyard Farmers, Self-Reliance Movement

Robyn Kevlin, of Nashville, Tenn., has been raising six hens in her backyard since 2012. (Photo: Business Wire)

Robyn Kevlin, of Nashville, Tenn., has been raising six hens in her backyard since 2012. (Photo: Business Wire)

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., Feb 28, 2014 (Korea Bizwire) – Farm and ranch retailer Tractor Supply Company is kicking off “Chick  Days” nationwide this week with a focus on powering backyard farmers and  the fast-growing self-reliance movement.

Chick Days, a springtime event featuring live baby chicks and ducklings  at most Tractor Supply stores, has traditionally attracted farm families  and hobby farmers looking to replenish their flocks, according to Marc  Johnson, divisional vice president of merchandising at Tractor Supply.

With demand for backyard chickens spreading, a new breed of chicken  owner is joining farmers and ranchers in raising poultry.

“As everyday Americans from rural towns, suburbs and city neighborhoods  look for ways to eat healthier, great-tasting food and live a more  self-reliant lifestyle, they’ve turned to raising backyard chickens,”  Johnson said. “Chickens play an important role in sustainable living and  provide families a safe, reliable source of delicious food.”

Living and eating on your own terms is a key benefit, says Robyn Kevlin,  of Nashville, Tenn., who started raising six hens in her backyard in  2012.

“Backyard hens are a way to control what goes into your food,  literally,” Kevlin said. “Part of raising chickens is knowing where your  food came from and knowing the animals were treated fairly, and some of  it is the fact that it is such good food.”

Fresh eggs and free-range poultry is not the only benefit, says Shannon  Campbell of Ashland City, Tenn. Campbell says her flock plays an  important role in her family’s daily life, from teaching values and work  ethic to her five children to providing incredible compost for the  garden.

“One of the best things about the kids being around our chickens is they  get to enjoy the fruits of their labor almost instantly; they come out  here, they bring eggs in the house and we almost immediately crack them  and eat them,” Campbell said. “All of our food waste that the kids don’t  eat, we give that to the chickens and then anything else goes into the  compost so they get to see that whole cycle and actually be a part of it.

“And it’s something that we’re all doing together,” Campbell said.

Johnson says Tractor Supply stores stock all the items backyard chicken  farmers need, including starter kits, feeders, bedding, heat bulbs,  coops and more.

“The Tractor Supply team understands and shares our customer’s passion  when it comes to raising animals,” Johnson said. “Whether you’re an  experienced farmer or starting your first ever backyard brood of  chickens, Tractor Supply has the tools you need to raise happy and  healthy chicks.”

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About Tractor Supply Company

At December 28, 2013, Tractor Supply Company operated 1,276 stores in 48  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: equine, pet and  small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care,  growth and containment; hardware, truck, towing and tool products;  seasonal products, including lawn and garden items, power equipment,  gifts and toys; maintenance products for agricultural and rural use; and  work/recreational clothing and footwear.

Source: Tractor Supply Company (via BusinessWire)


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