Pandemic-Weary Families Flocking To Backyard Chickens

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The pandemic has stretched on for over a year now, and some families who invested in a certain semi-flightless bird early on are now seeing dividends.

The trend has exploded since last year. Joe Deignan manages Robinson's Hardware in Framingham, and says demand is so strong, the store will soon start stocking chicken coops.

"You give them an 8-by-10 space on your lawn, they'll take care of the ticks and the bugs...what you get in return is amazing," he said.

Deignan, and his wife Laura started out with six chickens. They now have thirty, and each one has a name, including "Roadrunner," a chicken that runs like the character in the classic Looney Tunes cartoon.

"I think having chickens in your yard is a wonderful way to get your eggs in the morning," Laura Deignan said.

But the couple warned prospective chicken-buyers to avoid roosters, unless they wanted to wake up at the crack of dawn.

"They're such easy keepers, all you need to do is make sure they have food and water every day," Joe Deignan said.

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