For those of you who weren’t able to make it to last weekend’s chicken class, here’s the story. In short: it was a crazy fun night!
We had a pretty good crowd, among whom was a family of four, plus three other folks who already had chicks or pullets at home. The instructor, Renee Wrede, brought a few books for people to look at before things got started. One had lots of color photos of chicken breeds and feather patterns; the other offered advice on how to choose the breed that’s right for your particular family. (Check our Farm & Garden Center in a couple weeks; we’re thinking about carrying these in the store.)
Class began, and Renee handed out a syllabus she wrote for the occasion. People warmed up, the questions started rolling, and the room quickly evolved into a Q & A. It was great: a lively mix of teaching and conversation, as one thing spring-boarded off another and Renee guided people through.
It was great, too, to be right there in the Farm & Garden Center, where people could see some chicks and pullets, actually hold oyster shell in their hands, and see or touch many of the other supplies it takes to keep hens. Having a coop right there was especially helpful; Renee used it to point out the features a coop needs, advise on what works best and give people ideas on how to make their setup easy to work with.
In her words:
“I think it was beneficial (and fun!) for them to have someone right there who cares about their chicken-keeping journey. Someone not only to tell them what they need to do but actually show them, explain why and answer the questions they want to know.
Did you attend the class? If so, please comment! Tell a story, something you learned, what you liked, what could have gone better. And thanks.