Backyard Baby Chick Boom
Source: Dare 2 Dream Farms
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, Santa Barbara farm owners, Jeremy and Megan Raff of Dare 2 Dream Farms have seen an exponential boom in baby chick sales, as residents throughout the Coast of California rush to buy and raise backyard chickens. Most recently, the farm sold 950 baby chicks in just ten minutes.
During the last recession, Dare 2 Dream Farms realized that backyard chickens helped fill the food shortage concerns in urban areas, allowing residents to maintain their own supply of fresh eggs. So baby chick sales, education, coop building -- along with fresh produce, eggs, and dairy sales -- are all staples of this Santa Barbara County farm.
COVID-19 has once again ignited food-security concerns and the farm is more prepared than ever for the influx of beginner backyard chicken keepers. The Raff’s have found that backyard chickens are actually filling multiple needs of California residents. With kids home from school and parents needing educational and lighthearted projects to keep them busy, chick raising has become a go-to for families. Plus, there is a shortage of eggs at markets because they’re a staple for households while people cook at home instead of dining out.
Dare 2 Dream Farms chickens are sold at www.dare2dreamfarms.com/shop. For those interested in raising backyard chickens, the Dare 2 Dream blog offers tips and suggestions. The farm’s Beginners Backyard Chickens Classes will also be made available as webinars in lieu of classes on the farm.