got your Easter chicks?

chick sign

This sign out in front of Linnton Feed and Seed on Highway 30 announces the arrival of the chicks.

dog by fire

Step inside, and it is like being transported back to simpler times. The staff is free to bring their dogs to work. This guy is planked out in front of the pellet stove when he is not wagging a greeting.

seed potatoes and onion sets

The seed potatoes and onion sets take up a good deal of floor space this time of year. Come fall, cover crop seed is available by the scoop or in large quantities.


When we moved to the country, I began buying eggs from a neighbor. Store-bought eggs just won’t cut it with us any more. These eggs have yolks that are saffron-hued, and stand up in the pan in a way that only Dolly Parton could describe. When my neighborhood source became less dependable, I discovered that the eggs went fast at farmers’ markets. Get there more than an hour or so after opening and they were likely to be gone. Now I just stop by the feed and seed, drop off my empty cartons and pick up eggs supplied by area farmers. I haven’t the temperament for keeping chickens myself, but if it came to either that or super market eggs…I might consider it…there is that much difference.

veggie starts

Tempting racks of veggie starts, bales of hay and bagged supplements line the parking lot. Get your garden goodies here! Oh, and Happy Easter!

11 Responses to “got your Easter chicks?”

  1. Loree/ danger garden Says:

    Gosh I remember the eggs we had when I was a kid, our next door neighbors supplied us. I loved them, until the neighbors went on vacation and collecting the eggs became my job. I never could look at them quite the same way after that.

  2. Grace Says:

    I had chickens years ago when hubby and I lived in the country. Good times. I miss the eggs but I don’t miss the chickens!

  3. ricki Says:

    Lorree~I’m with you on that. Love the eggs, the chickens: not so much.

    Grace~I chicken-sat once, and that was it for me. Fortunately, there are many with a fondness for the birds themselves.

  4. Debbie/GardenofPossibilities Says:

    Ricki, How lucky you are to have ready access to fresh eggs. Those chicks look so sweet. The closest I’ve ever come to raising chickens was caring for my son’s kindergarten class’ chicks for a weekend. That was more than enough for me!

  5. joco Says:


    All looks tempting, like you say.
    Still, we are in the middle of a drought, so I am giving up on planting.
    Not a drop of rain for more than nine weeks now. All barrels empty and I am frantically trying to de-chlorinate our tapwater.

    Wish I had the courage to keep chickens, but I know they would all die a horrible death in my care :-(

    Enjoy your Easter weekend.
    BTW, can’t work out why you can’t get in.
    I didn’t bar anyone. Wouldn’t know how to.

  6. ricki Says:

    Debbie~There are chicken people and non. Looks like we are in the non camp.

    Jo~Clicked on you link yesterday and had no problem, so I guess it’s just one of those computer mysteries. Just know that if you don’t hear from me for a while, that’s what is going on. I will never desert you voluntarily.

  7. Wendy Says:

    aww, it’s all tempting – the plants, potato and onion sets, the chicks…

  8. Jane / MulchMaid Says:

    In all the times I have gone by Linton Feed and Seed I have never gone in. I obviously am missing a cool little experience. And since they started featuring chicks, I have been doubly-sure I need a visit. Maybe I want chickens because I have never had them. I’d actually prefer to have ducks, but I have even less of what they’d need available here. Either way, fresh eggs can’t be beat!

  9. ricki Says:

    Wendy~And they even have some cool T shirts (goat T’s).

    Jane~Do stop…it’s fun.

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