Last fall, while we were in the throes of getting hens legalized, I was fortunate enough to hear Pat Foreman speak at the local library. She is the author of "City Chicks" and a very entertaining speaker.
This is a picture of us, along with "Oprah Henfrey" taken a few weeks before that talk, at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello. If you click on the picture, it'll enlarge and you can see the precious look on Oprah's face!
And a blast it was.
We all met bright and early Saturday Morning at the conference center at First Landing State Park.
We learned about using chickens in the garden and composting. We learned how to treat common health problems. An umbrella theme to the class was how important backyard flocks are... they provide wholesome food and healthy soil while reducing dependence on oil and ensuring a local source of food in times of crisis.
Overall, I am much more prepared to 'mother' our hens and I am very excited to get them. It'll be another month before we are ready, but I'll be spending the day making calls to local Feed stores to see what breeds they'll have available to order. (I don't want to start from chicks, or we could have had them by now!)
In addition, I met some new friends and that's always a good thing!
The coop is coming along nicely... it's almost all painted, so hubby will just have to put the roof on, attach the doors, and put up the protective screening. Then I will add some curtains to the nest boxes to provide some privacy and we'll be good to go!
Homesteading Goals of 2013!