Backyard Chicken Demand in Alaska Quadruples in One Year

Evidently, we’re not the only ones who are crazy about chickens. According to a recent article in Alaska Dispatch News, the rate of poultry pickups is on the rise throughout Alaska—and the craze doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, it’s been reported that nearly 125,000 birds were imported into the state just last year. That’s quadruple the number of birds imported into Alaska back in 2015, and nine times more birds than in 2014.

If anyone can understand the latest craze, it’s us. Baby chicks—aside from being arguably the cutest animals on Earth—are a fairly low-risk investment when compared to other livestock. And yet, they also yield some of the greatest returns. A small backyard flock can serve as fluffy family pets or produce enough eggs to feed your family and group of friends. Just remember: as long as eggs are kept appropriately cool and properly labeled, it’s legal to sell them.

But after hitting Alaskan soil, where are the majority of our chicken friends going? Well, according to ADN, it seems backyard flocks are the favorite destination. Although the data on what towns and regions received the highest number of chickens remains unknown, interviews with “chicken coop owners, backyard hobbyists and state agencies” revealed backyard flocks to be the most popular poultry homes for 2017.

As devoted chicken enthusiasts, none of this comes as much of a surprise, but we’re happy to see our fellow neighbors are catching on. After buying any flock, however, the most important thing to remember is the importance of providing your chickens with adequate care. Keeping coops clean and building comfortable nesting areas is a good start, but if you’re looking for more in-depth information on chicken care, be sure to follow our blog or give us a call today.