Are pet chickens the next big quarantine trend?

Red Chickens Walking in the Yard
Red Chickens Walking in the Yard

Story and video from Inside Edition

It's the latest and perhaps unlikeliest Covid-19 trend—raising chickens. Tara Cook-Litman is a mum of three from Connecticut in the US, and she bought 13 chickens when the state went into lockdown.

"It raised the question for me how I was going to feed my family," Cook-Litman told Inside Edition. "And I have gardens, but didn't have a way to give my family eggs, and I couldn't go to the supermarket. So this really showed me how important it is to become even more self-sustaining."

She showed Inside Edition how she transformed her backyard into a small chicken farm. She's hoping they will start to lay eggs before the summer ends.

One chicken can lay 300 eggs per year. They can produce eggs for up to seven years, for a total of 2,100 eggs over their lifespan.

Traci Torres, CEO of My Pet Chicken, which sells chicks, says business is booming.

"Our sales have skyrocketed," Torres said. By May we were over 500% growth versus May last year."