Lowly weed... powerhouse nutrition!

Lowly weed… powerhouse nutrition!

If not, we have got you covered! Here is a great opportunity to dramatically UP the Omega-3 content of your eggs while giving your girls a beloved treat, AND doing a solid for a neighborhood community garden at the same time!
St Andrew Community Garden (just up 24th between Central and Broadwater in Billings) has lots of purslane available for the taking! Haul a cache home and keep it in a bag in the shade or inside… it’s good for about a week so you can dole it out to the girls on a daily basis. It will keep in the fridge in a produce bag for several weeks. It also dehydrates very well so you can feed it throughout the year. Remember, it is one of the most nutritious plants on the PLANET… for YOU, or for your hens! Boosts omega-3 acids up to 20x more than hens not fed with it as a supplement to regular laying ration.
And it tastes pretty yummy for people, too! Mild, faintly lemony, a bit “slickery”. It has more omega-3’s than any known plant source. It is widely grown in other countries as a staple leafy green, with many traditional recipes calling for the fairly low-growing hard herb. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, potent antioxidants, as well as dietary minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium. Purslane is literally far more nutritious than most of the vegetables we have removed purslane to grow!
Contact TJ at or Dave Kimball at to arrange pickup.

Magic City Hen Expo 2013 CANCELLED

We regret to announce that the 2013 Magic City Hen Expo scheduled for September 21, 2013 has been officially cancelled due to the lack of an Events Coordinator.


We hope that this does not cause any difficulties and apologize for the inconvenience. Perhaps in 2014! (“>

Events Coordinator Needed ASAP!

URGENT CALL! Magic City Hens 501(c)3 nonprofit has an IMMEDIATE need for an Events Coordinator who can oversee the Magic City Hen Expo 2013! Duties for this paid-with-appreciation person would include contacting vendors for sponsorship, setting up cheap-to-free advertising, and overseeing the rest of the committee who are willing to do smaller jobs like pass out flyers, arrange the kids area, provide muscle, etc.
If we can’t get a Coordinator by July 4, we’re going to have to officially cancel the 2013 Expo, scheduled for Saturday, September 21 from 10AM – 2PM at the St Andrew Presbyterian Church Community Garden.
We also need Expo Committee members, IF we can get an Events Coordinator. Committee members would take smaller jobs as assigned/able.
What is already done? ALOT! Speakers are lined up, the venue is set, a few booths are planned, a children’s area is ready, banners are printed, people know about the Expo.
Please contact TJ at ASAP if you or someone you know might be interested in this position!

Rhode Island Red Rooster Needs Home

Please contact TJ at if you can take a very friendly, family-approved young RIR rooster. He is just starting to crow and lives within the city limits so he’s gotta go. 😦 The family really loves him so wants him to find a no-kill home. Please email today!

Urban Hens 101 Classes – Spring 2013

What is Urban Hens 101??
An informative, educational and interesting two hour class teaching the basics of urban hen-keeping, including:
• Housing
• Feeding
• Health Management
• Behavior
• Family Dynamics with other pets and children
• Egg Expectations… and lots more!

When/Where: Upcoming Class Dates
(or contact us for a class engagement at your location)
• March 11 Monday – 6:30-8:30PM – at Rocky Mountain College (Moreledge-Kimball Hall, room 119)
• March 16 Saturday 10AM-noon – at ZooMontana (Conservation Center)
• March 28 Thursday 6:30-8:30PM – at Rocky Mountain College (Moreledge-Kimball Hall, room 119)
• March 30 Saturday 10AM-noon – at ZooMontana (Conservation Center)
• April 27 Saturday 10AM-noon – at ZooMontana (Conservation Center)
• May 11 Saturday 9-11AM Early Bird – at ZooMontana (Conservation Center)
• May 25 Saturday 10AM-noon – at Forever Families (1411 4th Avenue North)

Why: An educated public is better able to care for their pets! Additionally, Magic City Hens believes in promoting a sense of community; connecting hen owners, veterinarians, and service/feed/housing providers is one of our primary goals. Get your questions answered and find out hard facts on what to expect with these vastly beneficial, healthy, fun new backyard additions!

How: This two-hour class is $15/person or $20/family. Suitable for adults or well-behaved children . RSVP via our Facebook page at Magic City Hens, call TJ at 371-5161, or email MUST receive RSVP confirmation prior to attending class.

City of Billings Chicken Permit, Ordinance

Click on the above to obtain and print a copy of the City of Billings, MT Chicken Permit and Urban Hen Ordinances.

Mail your completed form with $25 annual fee and a SASE to:
Billings Animal Control
1735 Monad Road
Billings, MT 59101

Classes & Permits!

Urban Hens 101! Our fun and educational 2-hour class has some dates coming up quickly. Contact TJ at to register! $15/person or $20/family.

Oct 11 Thursday 7:30AM Early Bird
Oct 18 Thursday 7PM
Oct 20 Saturday 10AM
Nov 3 Saturday 10AM
Dec 1 Saturday 9AM
Location will be announced, but will be Billings area! Class sizes are limited, please RSVP ASAP! (‘>

PERMITS: October 10 marks the date that the City of Billings will begin accepting applications for Urban Henkeeping permits. Yellowstone Valley Animal Shelter is the location!

Montana Heritage Poultry Coalition

HENHOUSE Coaching Network

South Central Montana Coaching Clinic

Are you interested in learning how to breed, incubate and grow your own flock of heritage poultry? A growing group of farmers are networking together to develop a Montana Heritage Poultry Coalition. You can join in on the excitement.

We are excited to provide these coaching clinics for education for small local, sustainable poultry farmers throughout Montana. This is the advanced track for those looking to go to the next step of sustainably raising their very own poultry. This will be a gathering of training, coaching and networking.

 Topics Include:

  • Breeding for Preservation: The key to preserving standard bred poultry is to get back to the fundamentals of breeding. There are very few left in North America who are maintaining breeding flocks of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. In this session you will learn the basics of genetics, breeding and a strategy for preserving many breeds that are disappearing quickly. 
  •  The Art of Incubation: Wouldn’t it be great to no longer be dependent on buying your baby chicks from the large, commercial hatcheries? Come and learn about natural and artificial incubation. Learn the journey of hatching your own little babies on your very own small farm.   
  • Care of Baby Chicks & Poults: In this session you will learn the important tips for raising your baby chicks. Chicks, ducklings, goslings or poults need very specific care for a successful beginning.  
  • Secrets to Budgeting & Marketing your Poultry Products: In this final session, we will look at what it really takes to make a profit on your small poultry farm. Secrets to marketing and selling your products. You will learn some great tips.

Times & Location:

Red Lodge, Montana – Monday, May 14th 2012

10:00am – 5:00pm

Happy-Go-Lucky Farm (Nicole Barlow)

60 Two Mile Bridge Road

Red Lodge, Montana 59068


Cost and registration:

Registration: $35.00 by May 7th

After May 7th (and at the door) $45.00


To register, contact Nicole Barlow at 406-446-3645, or email:

Mail payment to Nicole Barlow, P.O. Box 2269 Red Lodge MT 59068.


Upcoming Events

Magic City Hens and Sunny the SuperChicken will be at ZooMontana’s Earth Day celebration on 4/22/12! This is a Sunday afternoon event. We are thrilled to be able to provide visitors to our booth starter packets of heirloom vegetable seed donated by Baker Creek Heirloom Seed (! It’s all about Urban Food production! Get Growing, Billings!

Magic City Hens will be at Shiptons Big R west end location (2600 Gabel Road) on Saturday, May 5. Members will be teaching “mini classes” on urban hen care, answering questions, and talkin’ hen. We’d love to see you there!