Saturday, July 11, 2009

Do the funky chicken this Sunday at Cosi

The chickens have come home to roost, as the Southern Connecticut/Westchester Backyard Poultry Group is holding its first meeting this Sunday.

If backyard poultry is anything like backyard wrestling, I'm interested. If you make it a backyard poultry wrestling meeting, I'm there.

Here's the copy from their press release:

The Southern CT/Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup will be having its inaugural meeting on Sunday July 12th, at 2PM, at Cosi, 1209 High Ridge Road, in Stamford CT. The Chicken Whisperer is scheduled to attend via Skype. The group can be found online at: URL: http://www.meetup.com/Southern-Connecticut-Westchester-Backyard-Poultry-Group

More and more often, chickens can be found tucked in among the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In the more rural corners of town, and even in cities, families are keeping small flocks and enjoying fresh eggs. Across the country poultry enthusiasts are holding Meetups to swap tips on where to buy hay and how to fight ordinances that prohibit poultry keeping. Backyard poultry has exploded on Facebook and Twitter as a hobby and a source of fresh food. To serve the backyard poultry community in the Southern Connecticut and Westchester areas, a group has been formed to connect local enthusiasts.

The group’s founder, Melina Brown, has been keeping fancy chickens for 3 years. “I have learned so much from keeping chickens. They are not only wonderful, funny pets, but they provide a great food source, eggs.” Ms. Brown has been to court to answer a noise complaint about her rooster, has dealt with predators, poultry health issues, built and bought housing, and hatched many eggs. She hopes to facilitate the connection of local poultry lovers to support each other and share tips and stories. The Connecticut/Westchester Backyard Poultry Meetup plans to have monthly meetings, classes, and coop tours.

(Wait...the Chicken Whisperer??)

2 comments:

Whitemist said...

I got to link with this crew!
My friend David raises birds and some times chicken (just no roosters).

Anonymous said...

USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is inviting amateur and professional photographers to enter their best poultry or pet bird photos in the Biosecurity For Birds calendar photo contest.

APHIS is interested in photos of all kinds of poultry, gamebirds, wild birds, shorebirds, and pet birds shown in a clean environment and without people in the pictures. People of all ages are encouraged to enter.

The winning poultry or bird photo (or photos) will be featured in the 2011 Biosecurity For Birds calendar. Photos will be featured on the Biosecurity For Birds website, and some may be featured as screen savers on the site.

Those interested in participating can go to http://healthybirds.aphis.usda.gov for more information and the online entry form. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2010.

Biosecurity For Birds is a USDA education campaign designed to increase awareness of how poultry and bird owners can protect their birds from infectious poultry diseases.