A recent press release from the animal sciences department at Purdue University has one thing to tell you: Don't panic and buy chickens for your yard. Recent shortages in eggs and meat have caused an uptick in people purchasing chicks to raise in their backyard. But scientists at the university warn many people are blindly buying chicks, with no understanding of how to raise the animals. For example, it can take six months for a chick to mature and start to lay eggs. And the animals are very dependent on humans for shelter, food and water, which many people are not equipped to provide.
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