Canadian Poultry Magazine

Demand soars for backyard hens

By St. Albert Gazette   

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Raising chickens increasingly popular during pandemic.

Jenna Bartman of PrairieTree Manor, a small farm and hatchery outside of Westlock, said the increase in demand for chickens this year has been “like no other.”

She is sold out of everything and has a waitlist for chicks and pullets, but she also says the increase in interest in chickens has been particularly noticeable on social media.

She believes the increased interest is partially due to panic and not wanting to go out and shop, and partially due to people being at home with time on their hands.


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