Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Celebrating the Backyard Chicken

This coming Saturday, March 3rd, Edible Austin is launching its new Sustain Center with a day chock full of family friendly activities they're calling the Spring Chicken Fest.  (I'm assured that even though I'm no longer a spring chicken, they're not checking ages at the gate.)  Although we don't keep chickens (another story), it was inevitable that I'd be involved in this event as two of my volunteer "families", the Travis County Master Gardeners and the Wildlife Federation Habitat Stewards, are participating.


Come on out from noon to 6:30pm.  The Sustain Center is located next to Callahan's at 443 South Bastrop Highway (Hwy 183), Austin.  Check out their website for more event details.  How can you go wrong with kids and chickens and food trailers - well, let's not think about that.


As another way to celebrate all things chicken and gardening, Timber Press is giving you a chance to win a copy of their newly published book called "Free Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful Chicken-Friendly Yard".   All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog by the ides of March (3/15/12).  The winner will be selected at random and your book sent to you directly from Timber Press.  Whether or not you intend to keep backyard chickens, you'll find plenty of inspiration and design ideas you can use in this book by Jessi Bloom.   If you live in the Austin area, come by the Chicken Fest on Saturday and look for me to register for another chance to win!     





PLEASE NOTE: If you post anonymously, and there's no way to contact you, you can't win. Make sure we can find you by linking back to your blog or leave your e-mail address disguised a bit using "dot com" or something to prevent robo-spam

30 comments:

Diana said...

I'm here, I'm here! That looks like fun. We'll try to make it - I do have my DH on board to do the chicken coop tour later on. And BTW, Da Boyz in your previous post are adorable as always. Give em a pat on the head for me. We're in the throes of puppy-hood -- all good but a lot of work!

Pam/Digging said...

Looks like lots of fun chicken-related events on the horizon! I love Callahan's too.

katina said...

Et tu, Brutus? Sorry - I had to go look up why we even had 'ides of march'

With you helping, I'm sure the shindig will be a great success. :)

Bonnie said...

This event will be great and with you teaching, the kids will have an amazing time.

Ally said...

I'm a backyard chicken owner who would like to read about creating a chicken friendly garden. I haven't found chickens to be very compatible with gardens, since they eat almost everything, but if someone has some good ideas, I'd love to hear them. Last year, they reduced my 'Katie' Ruellia to a nub. They find a surprising number of plants quite tasty.

vbdb said...

Ally, glad you're joining us tomorrow at the Fest. Elaine Dill will be the first speaker and you're sure to get some good ideas from her and other participants.

weeder1 said...

I would love to add this book to my library!

Susannah of Cricklewood Farm said...

My girls need somewhere beautiful to play. The book seems to have a lot of lovely ideas, so please enter me in the drawing!

Catherine McMullen said...

Timber Press has such awesome books, would love this one!

vbdb said...

Catherine -
There's pretty good odds at this point - thanks for checking out my blog and leaving a comment. Aren't you loving Oregon?

vbdb said...

Susannah -
Your comment reminded me that if any of you keep chickens, you should brag on your girls a little - let us know how many and what kind. Also keeping any roosters?

vbdb said...

"Weeder" -
Do you have backyard chickens there? Saw your "caretakers" and wondered how everyone gets along.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this book - we are contemplating having chickens for their eggs of course but also to keep the ticks down.

Jeannie Van Popta said...

We're getting chickens soon! Just have to build them a home first :) Would love to win!
fallen_angel62@hotmail.com

vbdb said...

PLEASE NOTE: If you post anonymously, and there's no way to contact you, you can't win. Make sure we can find you by linking back to your blog or leave your e-mail address disguised a bit using "dot com" or something to prevent robo-spam.

Robin said...

I'm am drooling over this book! Please enter me in the giveaway - thanks!! cokelush at gmail

meemsnyc said...

I've always wanted to raise backyard chickens. Maybe this book will inspire me to do so.

vbdb said...

Robin -
It really is a beautiful and useful book. Don't know if the plant list would be the same in Missouri, but the design ideas translate very well. Thanks for your comment.

vbdb said...

Meemsnyc -
Thanks for commenting. I'll poke around your blogs to see your NYC garden!

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

I'd love to win this book. Have been interested in getting chickens, just haven't yet. Please enter me into your giveaway.

Thanks,
Rhonda

Tenderholts at gmail.com

vbdb said...

Rhonda, thanks for commenting. This is certainly the right book to get you motivated.

Anonymous said...

I want chickens, but my husband is not convinced it is a good plan. I need more info to sell him on the whole idea. This book looks like a good step. I'm hoping to make it out this weekend, because I suspect that here in Texas our summer heat stress raises extra issues and I want to know how to deal with all of that, too.

cakrawczyk said...

My 14-year old son and I have been contemplating raising chickens since his class in elementary school hatched eggs in 3rd grade, but hawks and foxes have made us think twice. We're thinking there may be ways to beat those two chicken-eaters and these ideas may be in this book!

Sara Sweatman said...

We are getting our new chicks today! We would love to have a copy of this beautiful book!

Marie said...

This looks like an awesome book! We love letting our chickens free range but sometimes they eat a little too much of something we'd like to keep. A chicken-friendly garden is a great idea.

Brianna said...

This book looks great! Would love to have happy chickens one day.
briannaknotts@gmail.com

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Anonymous said...

Looking forward to starting backyard chickens this summer! :) Would love to have this book to get our garden off to a good start. Good luck with your Spring Chicken Fest. Sounds like a fun time! paulancd@yahoo dot com

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vbdb said...

"Katina" is the winner of the book give away and will be receiving a copy of the new Timber Press publication "Free Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard".