Hubby and I went to TSC last night to look for pine shavings for our chicks which will be arriving Apr. 14. While we were there, we decided to "look" at the baby chicks and ducks. There were four stock tanks on the floor set up for chicks and ducklings. When we got close to them I was expecting to hear lots of peeping. It was dead quiet in that store! Glancing inside the stock tanks, we could see that all of them were empty! As we left the store we asked one of the clerks if the TSC in a neighboring city had chicks or ducks and she told us that they had about 10 chicks in the morning but they were probably all gone by now, and there were no ducklings left at all. She said their next shipments of chicks would be April 1 and 8. Surprising! People, the chicken is back, BIG TIME. People are tired of paying high prices for bland "factory" eggs and instead are opting to raise their own chickens which produce delicious, nutritious, flavorful free-frange (when possible) eggs. People want "real" chicken meat, not the stuff you get from hybrids pumped up on antibiotics. I am one such person. We had chickens when I was a kid but got out of them. Here I am once again raising chickens. Why? Because I'm tired of paying $2.59 for crappy eggs in the grocery store! I can raise them for half that, and they will taste better! What happens to our economy when, as a society, we start feeding ourselves more and more and spend less at the grocery stores? When the demand for grocery store eggs drops, how does it impact our local economies as well as our national economy? What message does this send companies like Tyson, Perdue and Eggland? Grain prices probably won't drop, but if the demand for eggs drops then the producers are going to have to lower their prices to compete (with people like you and me!) while their costs remain the same. Could this put the big poultry companies in a very uncomfortable financial position? I'm not just stopping at chickens. I'm getting meat rabbits this year too and next year we'll be shopping around for a dairy goat. Think about it...if just one in every 10 families stops buying cows' milk and instead uses their own goat's milk, what impact does that have on the dairy farmers and grocery stores? I don't know about you folks, but we've had ENOUGH! We've drawn our line in the sand. Everyone I know is putting in a garden this year and I'm not the only person I know who will be raising poultry. You may not think so, but we the people really do run this country. Our power lies in the way we spend our money. The people have spoken. Talk amongst yourselves...I can't wait to hear the responses!