Got PURSLANE?

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!
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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.
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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!
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Contact TJ at MagicCityHens@hotmail.com or Dave Kimball at garden@standrewbillings.org 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.

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

Urban Hens 101 class!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

10:30AM – noon

Good Earth Market, 3024 2nd Ave North (downtown Billings)

Urban Hens 101: everything you ever wanted to know about getting started with urban hens, but were afraid to ask. Animal care (including winter/summer issues) and husbandry, eggs-pectations, breed selection, safety and security for your micro-flock. Fun AND educational!

Urban hen-keeping is sweeping the nation with at least 94 of the 100 largest cities in the nation now supporting urban chickens! Canada and the UK are likewise heavily pro-chicken as more and more people realize that eating healthy, sustainably, and locally can start in our own backyards. Garden? Why not have a micro-flock?

Class fee is $15

Please RSVP to MagicCityHens@hotmail.com or with TJ at 371-5161. RSVP early as we expect our Spring classes to fill up quickly – this is a great opportunity to spend the colder days of winter preparing for Spring Chicks!

ZooLights & Santa Claus!

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Super Chicken and crew had a great time at ZooMontana (www.ZooMontana.org) on December 23, when she came to hug kids, sit on Santa’s lap, and wave at folks coming to see ZooLights.

Magic City Hens was happy to sponsor a table of crafts and help out with a variety of children’s activities at the event. The Zoo Crew is a super group of people and we were pleased to be a small part of it for this one night.

We are looking forward to going back and participating in their upcoming Party for the Planet on April 22. We love our Zoo! (“>

Local Commerce

Magic City Hens is in need of a good, reputable local printer in the Billings area. Our first project will be static clings and bumper stickers. If you have or know of a good printer in the area, please contact TJ at HensInTheBackyard@hotmail.com.

Missoula’s City Council advised us this summer that urban hens are good for local economies… and everything we have seen proves this. There are other options (internet businesses, printers out of the area or out of state) that we can use, but we want to keep our funds local if at all possible.

Eggnog for Breakfast

2 eggs (backyard eggs are best!)
3-4 tbs sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (plus more for serving)
1/4 tsp rum extract
2 cups milk (or silk, or other milk substitute)

Whisk eggs and sugar until sugar dissolves, then add remainder of ingredients. Chill, if you can wait that long, or just pour into chilled cup! Sprinkle with additional nutmeg if desired.

You can also add some pumpkin puree to taste, but if so you might want to do this in a blender rather than whisking, just to get it really smooth. This is a delicious way to get your morning protein (although what appears to be rum breath might get you into trouble with the boss). If your “boss” is wee, he or she might love this for breakfast too!

Re: eggs. Yes, these are raw eggs. If this is a concern to you, make sure your eggs are fresh (place them in a bowl of room temp water – if they lay flat down, they’re fresh. As they age they begin to tip up and will eventually float after about 30 days – the USDA lets producers sell them up to about 45 days after being laid. Eww. Don’t say I didn’t tell you so.). You can also take your nice fresh egg and quickly wash it off in tepid/room temp water before breaking them open. Salmonella risk is very low from the INSIDE of the egg, but washing-before-use will help decrease the risk from the OUTSIDE of the egg no matter where you get your eggs from. (“>