America Stress-Bought All the Baby Chickens

America Stress-Bought All the Baby Chickens


For chicken hatcheries, the weeks leading up to Easter are always the busiest. Spring is in the air for people shaking off long winters spent watching Netflix under a blanket who had hoped to emerge into a world of budding flowers, green grass and baby animals.

While spring might be calling people to congregate outside, health authorities are saying the opposite. Many schools and businesses are closed, and states and cities are implementing “shelter in place” orders to keep cases of the new coronavirus from skyrocketing.

The combination of an enormous rise in unemployment, anxious free time for those not struggling with illness, and financial instability has created a number of strange moments in economics. Here’s another: For the next few weeks, baby chickens are next to impossible to find…

”People are panic-buying chickens like they did toilet paper,” said Tom Watkins, the vice president of the company…” [More]


To read the entire article by Tove Danovich @ The New York Times, visit: America Stress-Bought All the Baby Chickens