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Chicks prove to be popular purchase

Maxine Tucker Perez peeks at one of the six chicks she bought during a senior trip to Rural King in Bonita Springs March 30. (Beverly Bidney photo)

BONITA SPRINGS — A group of Immokalee seniors enjoyed a day on the town complete with lunch and shopping in Bonita Springs. After a leisurely feast at Rodizio Grill, a Brazilian steakhouse, the group went to Rural King to shop.

The store features a variety of goods geared toward country living such as livestock feed, farm equipment, agricultural parts, lawn mowers, workwear, fashion clothing, housewares and toys. But the main event for some of these shoppers was the live chicks.

A meandering line of yellow painted bird tracks led to a group of steel tubs filled with an array of newborn chickens and turkeys. The cacophony of the chirping chicks could be heard long before the babies, who were kept warm by lights above each tub, could be seen.

Maxine Tucker Perez and Mark Jock brought home four Light Brahma and Rhode Island Red chickens and two broad breasted white turkeys. In four to six months, the birds will be full sized. Dolores Jumper bought six Rhode Island Red chickens for her granddaughter Bebeyanna Quianes to raise.

“I had them when I was a girl, but these will be BB’s first,” Jumper said.


Beverly Bidney
Beverly Bidney has been a reporter and photographer for The Seminole Tribune since 2012. During her career, she has worked at various newspapers around the country including the Muskogee Phoenix in Oklahoma, Miami Herald, Associated Press, USA Today and other publications nationwide. A NAJA award winning journalist, she has covered just about everything over the years and is an advocate for a strong press. Contact her at