Chicks at the Hawthorne Country Store. Courtesy photo

Hawthorne Country Store will host its annual spring Chicktopia Peep Show on Saturday, March 6, featuring more than 100 varieties of baby poultry.

The event, which will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the company’s Escondido, Fallbrook and Santee locations, will also serve as an educational opportunity for families to learn about raising chickens at home.

“More and more families are finding that chickens are pets that come with great benefits, such as producing protein, creating fertilizer, and recycling waste,” says Heather Thelen, owner of Hawthorne Country Store. “We are excited to bring this unique event to Escondido, Fallbrook and Santee in a safe socially distant way.” 

Hundreds of families attend annually to expand chicken flocks and poultry knowledge. This year, attendees will receive a chicken goodie bag and their first five regularly priced vaccinated chicks (or value thereof) to get started. 

All guests/families from the same household, or pod, will need to register in advance. Each reservation group will receive an expert “chick-picker” to assist and educate throughout the visit. 

This unique event is only available for ticket purchasers that reserve a specific time to enter Chicktopia. The Peep Show follows all COVID-19 protocols, outlined by county and state, that includes social-distancing, handwashing, and mask wearing. 

To purchase tickets and access more information, go to:

Santee (10845 Woodside Ave, Santee, CA 92071): 

Fallbrook (2762 S Mission Rd, Fallbrook, CA 92028): 

Escondido (675 W Grand Ave, Escondido, CA 92025):