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Raising chickens the new craze?

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

"This is a Polish Bantam. His name is Alex," explains former Memphis Mayor Dick Hackett.

Hackett moved to the country years ago and soon became a champion of the chicken. He has a flock of more than fifty chickens. Some are even show chickens.

He feels so strongly about the educational value of chickens, he made room for a revolving flock at the Children's Museum of Memphis where he used to be Executive Director.

It seems Hackett is not alone. People all over the Mid-South are raising their own chickens.

"There is no comparison of an egg you buy in the grocery store that's weeks old and one that's minutes old," claims Hackett.

Josh Bond with Tractor Supply in Horn Lake, Mississippi says the craze is really taking flight, "We started in mid-February and this is our last week. We've been through about 250 to 300 birds consistently each week.

Once the Tractor Supply runs out, that will be the last flock for this year. The chicks cost $2.99 each.

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