Chickens 101!

This coming Saturday, March 31 from 1-3PM, Magic City Hens will again present “Chickens 101”. Selection, care, winter concerns, feeding, and eggs-pectations are all covered in an interesting, informative way.

This 2 hour class is being held this month at Harvest Church LOCKWOOD campus.

The class is $15/person or $20/family. Please RSVP to TJ at MagicCityHens@hotmail.com or 371-5161.

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It’s All About Urban Food Production

The theme of our entry in the Billings St Patrick’s Day Parade this year is “Chicken of the Seeds”… it’s all about urban food production! Whether it’s a micro-flock of urban hens or a garden of any size, we are here to encourage people to be a little more sustainable and self-sufficient, get outside and enjoy our beautiful state while growing some of our own food.

We are passing out non-GMO, open-pollinated, heirloom seeds from Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds (www.RareSeeds.com) as well as healthy, delicious microgreen seeds from www.GrowingMicrogreens.com! We encourage people to look into urban hens (for current issues, see http://BillingsBackyardHens.wordpress.com) for delicious, nutritious backyard eggs. You can grow in a sunny window, a container on the porch, a backyard garden, or one of the community gardens in town… any way you do it, we want to get people excited to get out there, and GET GROWING, BILLINGS!

Science Expo 2012

Did you know that Magic City Hens is sponsoring an award with the Billings Clinic Science Expo, held this year on March 23-24, 2012?

http://www.billingsclinic.com/body.cfm?id=158

The award is for “Best Use of Eggs” for grades 1-3. BEST WISHES to all participants!

 

Spring Schedule

Magic City Hens upcoming schedule:
Saturday, 3/17/12 11AM St Patrick’s Day Parade downtown – passing out seeds instead of candy! (Wonderful heirloom vegetable and herb seeds from Baker Creek Seeds – www.RareSeeds.com)
Friday & Saturday 3/23-24/12 Science Fair – sponsoring an experiment/prize
Saturday 3/31/12 1-3PM Chickens 101 class. Held at Harvest Church Lockwood campus, this class is $15 for an individu…al or $20 for a family. Fun & informative!
Saturday 4/14/12 10AM – noon Chickens 101 class at Harvest Lockwood.
Sunday 4/22/12 early afternoon – Party for the Planet at ZooMontana (booth).
Saturday 4/28/12 10AM – noon Chickens 101 class at Harvest Lockwood.

Contact Tj at MagicCityHens@hotmail.com for more information or to RSVP for any of these events! Feel free to invite friends & family… the more, the cheerier! (“>

St Patrick’s Day Parade!

Upcoming! Saturday, March 17, 2012 marks the annual St Patrick’s Day Celebration in downtown Billings. This year, Magic City Hens will be walking and distributing vegetable seeds and micro-green seeds (instead of candy) to help end hunger in the Billings area. It’s a small way to help empower people to grow their own food. Micro-greens are beneficial in that they are super easy, super fast, and can be grown in a sunny windowsill – no tilling needed! 🙂

If you would like to donate to Magic City Hens to help pay for the parade entry fee or seed supplies, please contact TJ at 406-371-5161 or MagicCityHens@hotmail.com. We are a non-profit 501(c)3.

If you would like to walk with us, please likewise contact us right away! Adults and children are welcome. Join the Parade!!

Chickens and the Seeds…

Remember the old tunafish commercial? Here’s our spin…

“Ask any gardener you happen to see… what’s the best garden? Chicken and the seeds!”

Chickens produce a (quite modest) amount of one of the richest sources of compostable material around. This, once composted, is much better than chemical fertilizers to GROW A MIRACLE in your garden! It also composts quickly and easily.

Chickens also eat bugs that eat garden plants. They eat scraps from your garden. They eat scraps from your kitchen. They eat, in fact, durn near everything, little omnivores that they are. You will love this come grasshopper season!

This coming March 17, Magic City Hens will walk in the parade with a few other “locavore” groups and people, and instead of candy, we’ll be passing out micro-gardens in a packet! Wayne and Connie Burleson of New Ways to Feed the World have donated a wide variety of open-pollinated, heirloom seeds to help bless Billings families. These seeds will all work in very small gardens, even container gardens.

Contact us at MagicCityHens@hotmail.com for more information on how you can walk with us! Gardeners, locavores, hen supporters, friendly people, and of course, children are all welcome!!

Rehoming Roosters, et al

http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/area-woman-has-found-new-homes-for-some-orphaned-chickens/article_552720fe-6085-11e1-b3c0-001871e3ce6c.html

Click on the link above to find an interesting story about a lady in Madison, WI who rehomes chickens, with some side information from the local animal control offices. Magic City Hens, a 501(c)3 non-profit formed for the support and education of urban chicken-keeping in the Billings area has a similar program in operation. In fact, since the Chicken Adoption program was implemented in July 2011 (just 8 months ago), we have already rehomed about 4 dozen chickens. Whether it’s a “straight run chick” who started crowing at about 3 months old, hens who needed a new home, or the rare abandoned fowl, Magic City Hens has volunteers armed with dog crates and know-how, who quickly and efficiently step in.

Nice to know that birds of a feather flock together! Urban hen ownership has proven itself, across the nation, to be handled responsibly. Power to the peeps! (“>