The Grange hosts Chicks 101 seminar

March 12, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

It is chick season at The Grange Supply, and that means customers will take home a total of about 5,000 of the little critters in the next few months.

Fear not, though, The Grange Supply staff would not dream of sending the chicks home without first arming its shoppers with an arsenal of information about how to care for a coop full of chickens.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Michelle Boman, operations manager for The Grange Supply, holds two chicks at the store.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Michelle Boman, operations manager for The Grange Supply, holds two chicks at the store.

That is why the store is hosting a Chicks 101 seminar at 2 p.m. March 16, complete with the chance to win a prize valued at $695, as part of the 2013 Chick Days celebration.

“It’s a full-coverage class on everything you need to know to care for baby chicks specifically, but we do cover adult care, too,” said Michelle Boman, operations manager for The Grange Supply. “Because baby chicks have very specific needs and they’re very fragile, though, we really focus on that aspect.”

Those who attend the seminar will be entered into a raffle to win a chicken coop and a year’s supply of Purina chicken feed.

If you go
Chicks 101 seminar

  • 2 p.m. March 16
  • The Grange Supply
  • 145 N.E. Gilman Blvd.

“We’ve never had a really big prize like this, so I think we should have a really good turnout,” Boman said. “I even want to enter, but I can’t.”

The seminar will delve into everything from how to house chicks and what to feed them, to the benefits of owning a flock of chickens, which are numerous, Boman said.

For starters, the eggs they produce are delectable, and with chickens living in their backyard, owners can feel safe in knowing that their animals are being treated fairly and with care.

“The eggs taste better. They are fresher and amazing,” Boman said.

Implementing a sustainable, green backyard may be the main benefit, she said.

“You’re reducing your carbon footprint by keeping your food source local and you don’t get much more local than your backyard,” she said. “The chickens’ waste is great for gardening. They’re great for composting, since chickens eat vegetable scraps, so it all ties together really nicely.”

The cute, feathery little creatures are low- maintenance pets, too, Boman said.

“They require less care than, say, a dog,” she said. “So, for families that are maybe a little more on the go, chickens are a great pet because they don’t need constant supervision.”

Chick season has become quite the local attraction, Boman said.

“Chick Season is very popular,” she said. “We have a lot of families that come in to get chicks, but we also have a lot of families who aren’t in a position to start raising chicks, but they want to see them, so they come in to do a little tour of The Grange.”

Chicks will be available for purchase through May.


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