OH Families Explore Benefits of Raising Chicks in the FallFall Poultry Event Coming to Delaware-Area Tractor Supply

With interest in keeping backyard chickens continuing to grow, some OH families are looking to start or add to their flock this fall. And though many people associate spring as being the ideal time to jump into poultry, backyard chicken experts with Tractor Supply Company say there are benefits to starting in the fall.

“As people become more familiar with backyard poultry, families are exploring new times of the year to start raising chickens and add baby chicks to their flock,” said Lisa Steele, author of the popular chicken website Fresh Eggs Daily and a consultant for Tractor Supply’s Know How Central.

To educate families about raising chickens for eggs and to help them take control over a food source at their home, Tractor Supply is hosting Fall Chick Days at the Tractor Supply in OH. Through Sept. 24, baby chicks — pullets, straight runs and Cornish Rocks — will be available for purchase at Tractor Supply and team members will be available to answer questions about starting a flock, caring for chicks and egg production.

In addition to starting anew, fall is a popular time for families to add birds to their existing flock.

According to Steele, first-time chicken owners are sometimes nervous about caring for birds in the winter but they soon learn how well-equipped their feathered friends are to handle frost.

“Chicks only need about eight weeks before winter months to shed their fluff and grow into cold-ready birds,” Steele says. “Though you’ll want to be prepared to provide supplemental heat in extremely chilly conditions, chickens are suited for winter temperatures so long as they have food, fresh water and a sturdy shelter.”

Tractor Supply is a one-stop shop for all things poultry. New chicken owners can shop poultry starter kits, feed and feeders, bedding, heat bulbs and lamps, coops, and more at their local store during Fall Chick Days and throughout the year.

Customers can also choose from an expanded selection of poultry products and live chicks, ducks and turkeys online at TractorSupply.com year-round, with delivery right to their local post office.

For expert information on the safe handling and care of poultry, building a chicken coop, and more, visit TractorSupply.com/Chicks.

About Tractor Supply Company

Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 1,617 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses. Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities. The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services. At April 1, 2017, the Company operated 152 Petsense stores in 26 states. For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

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