The NY Times says sales of chicks typically jump after tragic events.

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The sudden rush to buy baby chickens is all about panic buying directly linked to COVID-19. Sales of baby chicks rose over 200% because of the pandemic. Why? Experts explain that people are buying chicks and then keeping them in their backyard so they can have eggs anytime they want.

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Stores like Yakima's 'Old Mill Country Store'  on Washington St. have seen baby chicks sales skyrocket. Yakima resident Lynee Baldonado bought a bunch in mid-February. "I wanted to have a steady supply of eggs in case things went south. Plus, look at them - they are adorable."

Baby chicks range in price from $3 to $30 a piece depending on breeding and age. Plus, they are kind of adorable to watch and experience. And who doesn't need that during trying times? The NY Times says sales of chicks typically jump after a stock market crash and during election years or equivalent tragedies as a source of food and comfort.