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They’re fluffy. They’re adorable. They’re baby chicks, and this weekend, a bunch of them will be for sale at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville.
The co-op will host a “chick sale” event featuring assorted egg-laying breeds of chickens from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 14, in association with Villine’s Family Farm of Boxley, Arkansas.
The idea, organizers say, is to meet demand for the growing number of locals who are keeping backyard chickens these days. The Fayetteville City Council in March amended an ordinance to increase the number of backyard chickens allowed to 20 (up to one per 1,250 feet of backyard space) in single-family residential and educational properties inside the city limits.
Those interested in picking up a six-pack of chicks (Arkansas law moderates they be sold in groups no fewer than six) this weekend can pre-order at the co-op through the end of the day today (Wednesday, June 11) for $36.
Only 120 chickens total are available, so pre-ordering is strongly recommended, but if any chickens are left over on Saturday, they will be available for purchase.
Available “flocks” consists of heritage breeds, including Buff Orpington, New Hampshire Red, Cuckoo Maran, Americana (Easter Egger), Silver Laced Wyandotte, and the Black Australorp.
The chickens may be picked up in the “Ozark Natural Feeds” portion of the store, located at the lower loading dock on the north side of the building. The store will also throw in a five-pound sack of organic chick starter with each order.