Keeping chickens in the city – MEVP workshop

March: Sunday 25.03.2011

This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg.  You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.
This workshop covers:
* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and  wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken
About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present.  Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

Other useful Web sites:
www.mypetchicken.com
www.urbanchickens.org
www.omlet.co.uk – ideas for some funky chicken runs
www.heslipshatcheries.co.nz- South Island hatchery who sells day old chicks and hen houses country wide.
www.rarebreeds.co.nz – great site to find breeders of pure breed chickens

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