The New Family Time: Raising Backyard Chickens Offers Family Bonding, Educational Opportunities

Backyard poultry ownership is a growing phenomenon in recent years as Americans have taken control over their family meals with an all-natural, homegrown food source. Now experts say more and more people are making the jump into backyard poultry for an added benefit: family time.

With Easter approaching this Sunday, April 1, now is the perfect time to head to the Alice Tractor Supply for adorable photo opportunities of baby chicks and ducklings.

Tractor Supply is here to help families interested in beginning or adding to their backyard flocks during Chick Days—the springtime event where baby chicks and ducklings are available in stores.

However, families should note that baby chicks and ducklings are not Easter gifts. Instead, interested poultry owners should research ownership and understand proper handling tips prior to making the commitment.

Tractor Supply is here to help educate on how to be a safe, responsible owners, including tips like:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water immediately after touching live poultry or anything in the area where they live and roam.

Do not let children younger than 5 years of age handle or touch chicks, ducklings or other live poultry.

Do not eat or drink in the area where birds live or roam.

Raising poultry is the perfect activity to promote bonding and interactive educational experiences for the entire family.

“I’ve been raising chicks with my family for the past year, and I can already see the benefits it’s instilling beyond our backyard—just like what I repeatedly hear from our customers,” said Neely Green, a mother of three and Tractor Supply Company’s national marketing manager. “In addition to creating opportunities for our family to have fun, unplugged time together, this experience has taught us important lessons in responsibility, reaping the rewards of hard work, and how to eat well and live sustainably.”

To help families get started raising poultry, Tractor Supply is hosting Chick Days at stores nationwide, including the Alice location, through April 29. The 10-week springtime event features live baby chicks and ducklings along with the supplies and expertise needed to begin or grow a backyard flock.

“As parents, it’s our job to teach our children personal responsibility and healthy behaviors,” said Green. “Raising backyard poultry provides parents with so many teachable moments, like collecting the eggs, caring for live animals and proper handling guidelines—including the importance of washing your hands—to ensure the safety of your flock and yourself.”

New this year to Chick Days, families can get started with backyard poultry by purchasing a minimum of four chicks in select states with the flexibility to mix and match with ducklings. In addition to purchasing chicks and ducklings on-site, the event features a one-stop shop for all the items needed to begin the process, including starter kits, feed, bedding, heat bulbs and lamps, coops, and more, along with the guidance of expert Tractor Supply team members.

Outside of Chick Days, Tractor Supply stores are stocked year-round with the items needed to properly raise and care for backyard poultry. Enthusiasts can visit for an expanded selection and year-round availability of poultry products and live birds.