On Saturday sixteen people arrived here at Little Pond Farm for a Chicken Keeping Workshop. One came from just two miles up the road, and another from New Jersey – 300 miles away! There were young boys and grandparents and people in-between. Some attendees already had chickens, and some were planning on getting them. Everyone came with a happy enthusiasm, and that mood of good cheer lasted the entire afternoon.
Here Agnes is showing how calm a chicken can be, despite laughter and being in a crowd of on-lookers.
It was hot, so we discussed coop design while standing in the shade.
Siouxsie provided a live example of one of the breeds that I talked about.
I showed how to look for lice.
I checked several hens but didn’t find any. No one seemed too disappointed.
Buffy showed how placid and gentle an old Buff Orpington can be. Lots of people held her.
And then we had the iced tea and cookies as promised, (including cranberry-blueberry shortbread that I made on the spur of the moment to round out the menu) while I continued to expound on such topics as what to keep in a chicken medicine cabinet and what makes a broody hen broody.
After the workshop, people who wanted to stayed awhile longer visited the goats. Pip and Caper said it was about time that they got the attention.
I’ll run another workshop in a month or so. Which is better to schedule it on, Saturday or Sunday?