Two classes this time, back-to-back!
Ludeman’s Farm & Garden Center
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Call (503) 646-6409 to sign up.
12 to 1:30pm
2 to 3:30pm
Interested in both? If you attend the chicken class, you can stick around for the coop class for free ($10 total for both classes).
These are great beginners’ classes, designed to cover everything you need to know to become a confident chicken-keeper. Maybe you’re thinking about getting hens for the first time; maybe you used to have them as a kid, but you want to review the essentials before jumping in again. Or maybe you already have a flock, and you just want to make sure you’re not forgetting anything. Whatever the case, you’re welcome to join us.
• Choosing the right breed
• Setting up a proper brooder for chicks
• How to care for chicks
• What to feed chicks and laying hens
• Basic health and preventative care
• Housing (permanent coops and tractors)
• Protection from predators
• Resources for local veterinary care
• A link to hundreds of coops for ideas and additional information
Renee Wrede has a background in veterinary medicine and animal behavior. Before jumping into chicken keeping herself, she researched it thoroughly for a full year, attended 5 classes and 1 workshop, read 19 books and watched 2 DVDs – all about chickens.
"I was a beginning backyard chicken tender myself not long ago, and remember all the questions I had before I took the plunge!"
In addition, Renee has taught various animal behavior classes, and even offered private consultations helping others to care for their non-human companions. Today she’s an active member of 2 online chicken forums, and an avid, cover-to-cover reader of Backyard Poultry Magazine.
She first crossed paths with Ludeman’s founder, Mark, through one of those online groups: Portland Backyard Chickens (see our blogroll on the home page). Then, as a resident of the Beaverton area, Renee participated in the political battle to allow chickens in the city, during which time she became aware of the Ludeman’s Farm & Garden Center.
"I offered to hold a class at Mark's store, as I felt there were many opportunities for taking classes on the east side of town, but now that folks in Beaverton can legally have chickens they deserve their own class, and a more local 'chicken central.' If I can be part of that, all the better."
This is the sixth chicken class Renee has taught at Ludeman’s to date. The response has been so good, we decided to just keep doing it.
Renee and her husband have 4 friendly, healthy laying hens: Beatrice, Agnes, Hyacinth and Pearl, who live in a lovely coop in their suburban backyard. They also have 2 chicken-friendly dogs, who consider the girls their charges and protect them from any “dangerous squirrels” who happen to come near the yard.
Join Renee at the Ludeman’s Farm & Garden Center for an informal, thorough, question-friendly class, and give yourself a head start on keeping hens.