I found my first chickens in 2006, posted as needing homes by a rescuer who specializes in pigs and dogs. These two bantam birds, a rooster and a hen, had been in a cardboard carton in someone’s laundry room their entire lives, were removed by a well-meaning person who surrendered them to the rescue. My daughter named the hen “Peckie” and the rooster “Crower.” Not terribly original, but apt. We still have Crower, and he lives up to his name.
Some of the members of my flock came from “chick day” sales at farm stores, some were hatched at home in a table-top incubator, others were donated by staff at the horse barn at Ellington Agriculture Center. Others are the natural result of having hens and roosters. One year my daughter got 4H chicks from the County Extension Service. They arrived right in the middle of the 2010 flood, and finding roads that were open so I could pick them up was quite a challenge.
Chickens are photogenic. My birds have been featured on the front page of the newspaper, have been in music videos, have attended local fairs, farmers’ markets, other events. They are entertaining, colorful, and undemanding, and what other pet can you have that gives you breakfast?
My husband teaches at NCE, and after I participated in the UCAN movement to clarify the law regarding backyard hens in Davidson County it seemed like a natural progression to share some of what I’ve learned, taught to friends, and posted on my facebook page about keeping them safe, healthy, and happy. Take the workshop I’m offering, learn some basic and some esoteric information, and go home with a nest-box, feeder, or drinker of your own and the know-how to make more. What a deal!
Be sure to register for Judy’s Raising Backyard Chickens class starting April 6th!