Urban Henkeeping Class this Saturday
March 22, 2012, 9:40 PM
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That’s me in the picture, with the chicken tee shirt and some of my girls. My good friend, Emily Katt, and I will be offering a FREE henkeeping class this coming Saturday, March 24th, at Mize Farm and Garden Center, Johnson City store, located at Watauga and State of Franklin Ave. The class will run from 10-11:30 AM and will cover all aspects of taking care of your backyard hens- we’ll cover feed, equipment, breeds, housing and many other topics that will help you become responsible pet owners. We’ll also have a nifty door prize again so don’t miss the fun!

As an aside… Emily and I are meeting tomorrow morning with the city’s new Development Services Director to discuss our proposals for adapting the current city code to allow those of us that want chickens to be allowed to legally have them. The group we formed back in July of last year, is called C.O.O.P. That stands for ‘Chickens On Our Property’. (Pretty catchy name, don’t ‘cha think?) I’ll update readers of this blog as to the outcome of this meeting, as well as how you can help COOP’s voice be heard when it comes time to present our case again to the city council. Stay tuned!


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Would love to see some setups that others in the area are using for nesting, protection, etc. Currently we live on 13 acres and our hens are roaming free. I would like to build something inexpensive but attractive to keep them safe and give them a better place to lay their eggs.

Comment by Robin Schell

Robin, I am currently enjoying a library book titled:”Art of the Chicken Coop” which includes plans, materials lists, and full color pictures of some really creative coops. You can also find a lot of them online by googling: “pictures of chicken coops”. There’s a never ending source there! Hope this helps. If the COOP amendment is passed at the April 5th city council meeting, COOP will begin offering annual, or maybe semi-annual ‘Tour de Coop” gatherings. If you would like to support COOP in their efforts to allow city hens, please consider attending the meeting-it will begin at 6 PM, and is held in the JC Public Safety Bldg, on Main St, across the street from the old post office. There is strength in numbers, and the 50 supporters that showed up at the January meeting impressed the commissioners.

Comment by simpleintn

Thanks so much. I have looked online, but I’ll check out the book too. I live in Greene County, but I certainly support chickens in town! They are great!

Comment by Robin Schell

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