Will Fresh & Easy Sell Live Chickens?

Talk about DIY! British retailer Tesco, which owns the growing US chain Fresh & Easy is selling live chickens, according to an Ad Age article.

Apparently chicken coops are hot-selling items at some stores, and the retailer is selling both chicks and egg-laying grown birds. Says a spokesman: “While it’s probably a step too far to think that consumers will turn their back gardens into farms, keeping chickens does seem to be striking a chord with some of our customers.”

Additionally, Tesco is looking at having allotments, or plots of land near some of its stores where customers can grow their own produce.

We could see the allotment idea maybe fly in some communities. But live chickens? Could you see Wal-Mart trying to corner that market? Major US rural retailer Tractor Supply Co. already offers plenty of chicken-care products.

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6 Responses to “Will Fresh & Easy Sell Live Chickens?”


  1. 1 James July 30, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Right on Tesco, Peace Baby, make love not war, —can I milk my own cow too!! Heh, Heh Bro, how about if we grow a little “medicinal” in that garden?
    Is this a LEED certified approach or what?
    ( footnote: There may be some issues that will arise with US zoning laws, C,C& R’s and HOA’s not to mention my ultra conservative neighbors who think that Berkanstocks and flowing Mumu’s are a sign of the end times!))

  2. 2 Broker July 30, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I wonder how urban/suburban homeowners would react to having a rooster wake them at 5 in the morning.

  3. 3 Glen July 30, 2009 at 9:35 am

    My son raises hens (no roosters) in his back yard in Newberg, OR and enjoys fresh eggs. I tried it for a couple of years when I lived in Grants Pass, and found that, while the eggs were good, they cost more in feed than I could buy them for from a neighbor who also raise them. In addition, I didn’t have to watch where I walked:)

  4. 4 James July 31, 2009 at 8:08 am

    This idea certainly brings new meaning to Fresh N’ Easy!

  5. 5 Luca Brasi July 31, 2009 at 10:33 am

    Maybe they can set up a birthing center too and sell fresh human afterbirth for “all natural” burritos and tacos


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