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The Chicken Club (The Flock)


The Chicken Club (The Flock)

A group for people who want to raise a few chickens, who have chickens or other poultry, are thinking about getting some poultry, or who just plain love chickens and ducks and geese!

Members: 82
Latest Activity: Nov 22, 2016

Discussion Forum

Homemade Chicken Feed

Started by Angela MacLeod. Last reply by Angela MacLeod Mar 10, 2015. 2 Replies

Laying ducks

Started by Pamela Novotny. Last reply by Pamela Novotny Aug 16, 2013. 2 Replies

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Comment by Chris Wolf on October 10, 2009 at 9:28pm
My partner Jason is great at building chicken coops out of free or cheap re-purposed scrap lumber... that's how he built ours and it is awesome. He is available for hire! Jason's number is 393 2272.
Comment by Molly Monahan on October 8, 2009 at 8:22pm
Sorry It is gone. Sorry. I should have posted that. However, I am now looking for another one and have to resist the temptation to spend way way too much money on the larger square version of the EGLU. Check it out. You will covet, I am certain. (if you are a gadget freak like me)
Comment by Deanna Lloyd on October 8, 2009 at 7:44pm
Molly is your chicken "coop" still available? I would love to learn more about it if it is (basically what size it is). My flock is expanding so we need to upgrade our ladies accommodation. Thanks! Deanna:
Comment by Kate Clark on October 8, 2009 at 10:12am
FYI chicken-people, if you are coming to Mad City Chickens send me your name and I"ll put you down on the list as a TW attendee. THat way you just give them your name at the ticket window and go in. Then, you can pay me when you see me, regular price. As sponsors we need to sell 30 tickets- so let me know!
Comment by Sandie Ledray on October 5, 2009 at 4:56pm
No chickens here as of yet...but am very interested in learning about them and finding out if they would be a good fit here. Lot's of questions......
Comment by Molly Monahan on October 3, 2009 at 9:08pm
With Norm Witter's help, I gleaned a chicken 'coop' from a donor, but it turns out not to be workable for me. It is available. Please contact me for details. It's free to the first truck to haul it away. It is more of a shed adapted for chickens but it needs more adaptation (ventilation, nesting boxes, etc.)
Comment by Heather K on September 25, 2009 at 11:53am
I'm a bird lover, more on the wild observation ecological diversity side...but I would be willing to help a neighbor out with their bird-flock care when they are traveling, in exchange for a few fresh fact I'd even grow & bring some comfrey or greens over for a dozen eggs every now & then, (& helped you shovel your manure around! ) So although I journey to the earth's wildland too often to care for edible animals, I thought I would join you all...( I also have received the life of a chicken into my hands - into the pot - into my body). Chris, the vision of your singing to the bird during its transition was very moving & beautiful.

One of my dear garden friends, Christy, is a domesticated-bird lover. And I mean that in the sense of the chickens & rooster flock being an intimate part of her family & her garden! I've been encouraging her to write about the story of her using her hair dryer in the bathroom on her wet, cold rooster who just about purred while she was doing it...And I have pictures of shared kisses among her and the birds. She & her bird pets having an unusual human-bird connection, that has gradually become normalized & beautiful in my heart.
I am encouraging her to join us on the transition ning, as she is a most awsome person who helped co-create our wa-permacutlure convergence, and knows alot about caring for the bird flock....
But I may need to choose another group for her since she does not eat her birds....Her edible forest garden has so many greens & young fruit & nut trees that her belly is full of earth-nourishment.

I'm excited to invite some rural neighbors to join you all in the networking & discussion who are not yet on the transition ning site! (And, I'm looking forward to a future bee-keeping group!)
Comment by David Culver on September 25, 2009 at 9:56am
Way to go Chris, that was a milestone for you. I have raised beef cattle in the past and done the whole kill and cut and wrap thing. The beef was very good but now I am mostly a vegetarian. We eat a little chicken and fish but really not very much. If I get any chickens, they will be mostly for the eggs. We'll see you all at the Mad City Chickens Movie.
Solar Dave
Comment by Kate Clark on September 7, 2009 at 10:38am
Wow. I have plucked and cleaned chickens but never killed one. I would if I had to though. By the way, Transition Whatcom is going to sponsor a documentary called Mad City Chickens for the Pickfords "Doctober" (October Documentary Fest). I watched the screener yesterday and its great fun! A must see for Chicken Lovers!
Comment by Chris Wolf on September 7, 2009 at 12:39am
Well, I killed my first chicken today. It was a poultry processing day at Inspiration Farm; several families joined together to rent all the necessary equipment and butcher, pluck, and gut the birds together. I prayed for the bird and thanked it as it hung upside down in the killing cone, and sang to it until it closed it eyes and looked very peaceful. Then I slit its throat and watched it bleed out and spasm. I cried, and the people there supported me. I don't regret it-- I needed to know if I could actually kill a warm, breathing animal in order to eat it, and now I know I can. The experience was sweet, sad, awful, and strangely empowering.

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