Backyard hens (Delray)

This is not a Region 6 group specific gathering, but it appears to be a great opportunity to learn from and to network with other's homesteading in the area.

 

Meet these hens and check out their coop this Sunday

How to get, raise, and keep backyard hens
Sarah Hiers, presenter

A note from Sow Share:

"We had so many positive comments about the hen presentation in February we are offering it again for people who couldn't make the first one.

When was the last time you had a farm-fresh egg? Chances are, the eggs you buy at the supermarket come from a factory farm where chickens are raised on growth hormones, antibiotics, and artificial light. Even so-called organic eggs travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to market. As a result, truly fresh eggs are very scarce.

But fresh eggs can come from your own backyard if you live in unincorporated Palm Beach County. Hens are permitted in unincorporated parts of the county, but not allowed in any county municipalities. (The event location is a home in unincorporated Palm Beach County, west of Delray Beach city limits, off of Military Trail.)

The presentation focuses on the basics: where to get chicks, how to raise them, and how to care for mature hens. It also touches on the role of backyard hens in food security and food justice – the right to safe, nutritious, and fresh food. Live birds and a homemade coo (pictured) are part of the presentation.

Sarah Hiers, the presenter, wants to give back to society in way that is hands-on and spiritual. A newcomer to backyard hens, she and her family started with six baby chicks around Easter 2012. In a short time, chickens have taught her how to live in harmony with them, and about the many benefits of having baby chicks and mature hens."

$10 suggested donation; proceeds go to Sow Share

About Sow Share
Our goal is to connect people to the earth and to each other through garden education, community gardening, and resource sharing. Sow Share is a program of Auroras Voice.

About Auroras Voice
Auroras Voice is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization devoted to continuing the work of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi.

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  • Dixie

    Really great. I have considered getting chickens do some time, this meet up was exactly what I needed to know I can do it.

    Currently deciding on what breed I want. I have it narrowed down to two breeds, both are unusual.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A very good group. Thank you, Neal, for bringing us together. Glad to be connected.

    April 7, 2013

  • Mark J.

    THank for share
    I brought eggs and taste fresh
    but 6 years from now I will take chicken for dinner...grin

    April 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I overestimated the number of years a hen will consistently lay. It's more like 3. http://egglayingchick...­

      April 7, 2013

  • Lisa

    I so enjoyed this presentation. If was so informative and laid back at the same time. It was a real world version of backyard gardening. The coop was awesome and gave me great ideas. They really thought everything through before taking on the hens. Great design. So great I may copy it exactly. LOL Thanks Sara!

    April 7, 2013

  • Bullnugget

    Great meetup with nice people. Very sustainable method for egg production.

    April 7, 2013

  • Marc G.

    Excellent. Incredible, well presented information from very nice people. Thanks Pablo for organizing and thank Scott and Sarah for welcoming us into their home and sharing a very important piece of their lives with us.

    April 7, 2013

  • jody e.

    Excellent and very informative . Thanks so much !

    April 7, 2013

  • jody e.

    Thanks for the invitation!

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Anna S.

    Sorry won't be bale to come!

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Seeing as several people plan to carpool, we have opened up 5 more spots.

    April 5, 2013

  • Bullnugget

    Thanks for the invite. Not sure if this is a bring your spouse event. Please advise.

    April 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Please do bring your spouse. The only reason we capped the number of attendees is due to parking, so feel free to bring more people in the same car. Hope to see you Sunday.

      April 3, 2013

    • Bullnugget

      Okay, thanks for the info. Look forward seeing you there.

      1 · April 3, 2013

  • Anna S.

    Look forward to the meeting!

    1 · April 3, 2013

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