Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Chicken 101 Workshop Next Sunday!

Hey there Chicken Workshop Attendees. Can you please post here and let me know that you're coming over next Sunday, and if you are taking chicks home with you? I have thirty chicks on the way Monday morning, so they will be about a week old when you pick them up. You'll be taking home the three breeds featured in Chick Days, and a copy of the book.

Is anyone a vegetarian? I was thinking about pulled pork for lunch and hard cider and mountain music in the evening (for those who might stay a little later for a campfire). And if you attended a workshop earlier in the year and just want to come by and join in, you are welcome.

20 Comments:

Blogger VTGrown said...

Sounds wonderful Jenna. I'm hoping I'll be living in the vicinity for your next one!

May 19, 2011 at 3:30 PM  
Blogger Jeff_in_Pawlet said...

Check out "The Chicken Underground", Jenna.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1EE5SaOgK0

May 19, 2011 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

If I lived closer I would be attending. I live down here in Chester County PA, much closer to your family. My youngest daughter even went to Kutztown, the older one went to Penn State.

I just picked up Chick Days and am "encouraging" my husband to agree to getting chickens again.

May 19, 2011 at 10:36 PM  
Blogger scorpiogirl said...

Late to the party as usual. Could you point me to the original details? Thanks!

May 19, 2011 at 11:20 PM  
Blogger E said...

That's a great picture of happy chickens.

May 20, 2011 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Carol............. said...

Wish I lived closer but Washington State is a bit far! LOL

Have enjoyed your posts and will be back.

May 20, 2011 at 1:20 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

I brought my first ever chicks home yesterday. Four New Hampshire Reds, because that's what my mom had growing up.

I'm so stoked!

May 20, 2011 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

are you able to let your chickens free range all day everyday?

if so, that blows me away!

i'm envious. i let mine free range while my landlords house was being worked on. i felt the presence of people would deter any predators. one day they left early because of rain and my entire flock was nothing but a pile of feathers by the time i got home from work.

May 20, 2011 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Birds free range all day, everyday. Every year I lose some to predators, but I would rather have a 5-10% loss and just buy a few more birds to make up the difference. The birds who make it are healthy and predator savvy.

May 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM  
Blogger Future Farmer said...

If I weren't on the other side of the country, I would attend.

May 20, 2011 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger Jamie Elfrank said...

Hi Jenna, I'll be there next Sunday. My friend and I are incredibly excited. 3 chicks please :)

When will you be sending directions and such?

Thanks!

Jamie

May 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Jamie Elfrank said...

Oh, and pulled pork sounds fantastic!

May 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

Might stop by in the afternoon and catch whatever I missed when I had to leave the March workshop early due to mistreatment by Mother Nature. Depends on how poorly she behaves over the next few days. If she lets me finish getting the garden in, I'll come by with some of my first batch of homemade cheddar, and the book on horsekeeping on a small acreage.

May 20, 2011 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

Even though I am across the country, I would love to follow your blog, but I can't seem to find the 'follow' button. Do you have one, and if so, how do I follow your blog?

May 20, 2011 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Helenistic said...

Hi Jenna. Per our email exchange, I'll be there but not bringing any chicks home.

Pulled pork sounds great. Thanks.

--Helen

May 20, 2011 at 8:11 PM  
Blogger redbird said...

Just finished Chicken Days so many of my questions have been answered, thank you Jenna for your writing-will be looking up your other books over the summer.
Wish I could attend a workshop in addition to reading your book. Road trip would be fun, but I am a ways away.
Not familiar with Blog protocol, but would like to follow yours when I have “spare time.” Everyone kind of seems like they know each other a bit, so I probably should have asked before posting. May I follow? Thank you again; you’re a uplifting voice (which you’ve probably heard a thousand times!).

May 20, 2011 at 8:52 PM  
Blogger candisrrt said...

I live in Florida and read your blog everyday and just "wish" I could be at a chicken seminar.

May 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

I agree and its worth the risk if only a few are lost due to predation.

I unfortunately was greeted on friday evening to only one of my six chickens. They don't free range per say but are allowed access to a run during daylight hours. Apparently the 4ft fence and daylight gave me a false sense of security. The fox around here are bold and fearless. I live on a corner lot and the run/kennel/coop aren't that far from my home (windows open with 4 dogs who must have been going crazy watching 5 chickens dispatched by a fox) or the road neither acted as a deterent. ergh, back to the drawing board.

I know which fox is the problem and this thing i kid you not is the height and length of my pit bull mix and isn't spooked by my presence at all. In fact, i've tried to scare him off before and until i'm super close he sits, stands his ground, and watches me. The battle lines have been drawn.

May 23, 2011 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Oh Meredith, I'm so sorry. What a deflating thing to see. Are you sure it was racoons? I lost all my turkeys to a wall-climbing racoon last year. He crawled in through a 4 inch vent space in the high walls. But I trapped four in a havahart trap and released them in state gamelands and never had it happen since...

But if it's a fox, you're in for more losses unless he moves on our gets coyote chomped. This sounds silly, but playing coyote sounds on a speaker might do the trick.

May 23, 2011 at 10:43 AM  
Blogger Meredith A said...

well, i didn't really see anything. in fact, there were only a handful of feathers from the 5 that were taken, basically not a trace they were ever there.

i found a small pile of feathers in an adjacent field where it must have eaten the one, i suspect the others were brought back to a den or buried for later consumption.

i'm fairly certain it was a fox (in particular THIS fox) as I see him frequently around my property/area and i'm not sure a raccoon would leave the run so clean. i looked everywhere, no bodies.

in hindshight i was a fool to think a 4 ft fence would protect them knowing how healthy our local fox population is, but didn't anticipate predators being so bold during daylight hours. i've only ever lost chickens during the day while i was at work.

i just purchased another dog kennel off CL and plan to rig it as a predator proof chicken tractor with one portion completely boarded up so the next time this critter comes around they have somewhere to hide. if this doesn't work i'm retiring the thought of chickens until i have a chicken friendly dog that can stay outside while i'm at work. i can't bear the thought of having chickens that can't graze during the day. at that point i'd rather purchase eggs from neighbors with a better set up than myself.

we don't have a huge coyote population in the area so i'm afraid this fox is here to stay.

this whole backyard chicken experience has cost a pretty penny in materials in terms of trying to keep predators/dogs out and chickens in!

yours don't know how good they have it!

May 23, 2011 at 3:42 PM  

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