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Where to pick up chicks

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Here’s an event that’ll have your kids clucking.

Coastal Farm & Ranch will give away 500 baby chicks beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday at its East Wenatchee store, 260 Highline Drive near Costco.

Clearly, company officials feel that it’s part of their cockle-doodle duty at Easter is introduce young folks to the power of pullets. The East Wenatchee event is part of 6,000 chicks the company will give away Saturday at its dozen stores across the Northwest.

“This is an opportunity for hands-on learning by kids,” said Coastal Farm & Ranch owner Buzz Wheeler. “With the help of parents, kids can raise and take care of a baby chick, feed it and watch it grow because of their hard work.”

The Northwest-hatched pullets were delivered to the stores from Dunlap Hatchery in Caldwell, Idaho. The little cluckers are already on the premises, so you can stop by during store hours to see and hear them be the Chicken Littles they are.

Oh, there’s a catch to receiving these free chicks. The store requires a purchase of 25 pounds of chick starter, which should last a moderately-hungry chick about six weeks and usher it into full pullet-hood. There’s also a limit of five chicks per household.

Trust us, five cheepers in a box in the kitchen is enough to make you peckish. Choose wisely.