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Peeps arrive at Greenfield Farmer’s Co-Op

  • A day-old Salmon Faverolle chicken at the Greenfield Farmer’s Cooperative. Recorder staff/Christie Wisniewski



Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 12, 2018

GREENFIELD — Walk into the Greenfield Farmers Cooperative Exchange and you may hear a different sound: a chorus of peeps.

It’s that time of year again. Five hundred baby chickens — nine different breeds — were delivered to the store this morning and are expected to sell out by the end of the day.

The breeds delivered in this “round” of chicks are Cinnamon Queen, Freedom Ranger, Brown Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, Black Sex Link, Buff Orpington, Dominique, Light Brahma, and Salmon Faverolle. The breeds are a mix of egg-layers and meat breeds, but keeping them as outdoor pets has risen in popularity as well.

Cackle Hatchery of Missouri supplies the Farmers Cooperative with egg-laying breeds, and Welp Hatchery of Iowa supplies meat breeds.

Debbie Wilder, employee at the co-op, placed the orders for the chicks. There will be two more “rounds” of chicks delivered to the store, one the week of April 16 and one the week of May 7.

Wilder says that the next round will not include Freedom Rangers, but will include the popular Easter Eggers. Easter Eggers are known for their colorful eggs which can range in color from blue, green, and pink, and their feathery “beards.”

“We have lots of new breeds we haven’t gotten before this year,” she said.

Those wishing to purchase chicks must buy a minimum of six, but breeds can be mixed and matched. The minimum is a state retailer rule and helps eliminate people buying one or two chicks as an impulse purchase.

In addition to the fluffy feathered friends, the store also supplies all the necessary equipment to start a backyard flock. Wilder recommends a 50-pound bag of chick starter food, which they will need to eat for eight weeks.

Reach Christie Wisniewski at:

cwisniewski@recorder.com

or 413-772-0261, ext. 280