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Retailer brings in Easter icons

Alden Holley, with Holley’s True Value, holds two baby chickens. -- Robert Hudson

Whether you’re looking for a hobby, a means of raising a source of food, or just looking to get in the spirit of Easter, Holley’s True Value may have just the thing you’re looking for.

Holley’s is now doing its annual practice of selling baby chickens in the spring.

Alden Holley, manager of Holley’s True Value, said the store has been selling baby chickens for around 20 years, and customers use them for a number of different purposes.

“We get them every Thursday and they’ll be a day old when we get them,” Holley said. “People raise them for different things, but most people raise them for the eggs. Some people do raise them for meat as well. Most of the ones that we sell are what they call dual-purpose chickens, meaning that you can get the eggs off of them, but you can also use them for meat as well.”

Holley said the store also sells ducks, turkeys, guineas, geese and “just all shorts of things that run and crawl,” and the young birds are sold this time of year because they’re easier to take care of now than in the winter.

“We can get them year round, but we primarily get them in the spring and first part of the summer … because they’re easiest to raise in the spring and in the summer because you don’t have to worry about the cold temperatures,” Holley said.

Holley added that some customers do look to purchase the baby chicks for the Easter season.

“A lot of people like to have chicks for Easter, a lot of people like to have ducks for Easter, and a lot of people buy both,” Holley said. “Some will raise them up and find them a new home.”

Holley said the store has also sold “Easter chickens” in the past, but he’s not sure it will this year.

“We generally get Easter chickens, which are plain chickens, but they dye it to make the feathers a certain color, but the laws have changed and we’ve had trouble getting them the last couple years — they’ve changed the process of dyeing the chickens to make sure they’re not hurting the chicken when they dye them,” Holley said. “I don’t know if we’ll be able to get any this year or not, but if we do, we’ll be getting them in the next few weeks.”

Holley added that it’s important to take the right steps to create a comfortable environment when raising baby chickens.

“When you buy them, you need to make sure you have plenty of light to keep them warm, some water and good starter feed,” Holley said.