Chick Days Powers Backyard Farmers, Self-Reliance Movement

Self-Reliance Movement Brings Families to Backyard Chickens for Food, Sustainable Living

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

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.--()--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.


Brandon Puttbrese, 615-385-1100


Brandon Puttbrese, 615-385-1100