BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Sales of baby chicks and chickens are up nationwide, as more and more people turn to self-sustainable food sources during the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Steve Gould, General Manager of the Hardwick Farmers Co-op Exchange in Worcester, customers want to become less reliant on the larger food supply chain.
"I think it's just so they can have a protein source they can get, just in case something happens with food supplies with the COVID situation," said Gould. "Just being able to have either eggs or meat right there, and raising them I think is the big draw."
Gould told WBZ NewsRadio he gets his chicks from an out of state hatchery, and even though it was recently Easter, the number of chicks being sold this year is more than the average springtime sales.
This year on April 16th, Gould said around 2,100 chicks were picked up, versus around 1,700 chicks during the same time last year.
WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports: