Mad City Chickens

26 07 2009

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Sacramento, California- The Campaign to Legalize Urban Chicken Keeping (CLUCK), in conjunction with Movies on a Big Screen at the Guild, is hosting showings of indie documentary sensation, Mad City Chickens, on August 7th at 7:00 P.M., 9:30 P.M. and August 9th at 7:00 P.M.  Both showings on the 7th will feature a post-screening discussion with filmmakers Tashai Lovington & Robert Lughai.  The Guild Theatre is located at 2828 35th Street, Sacramento CA 95817. 

Witness if you will Gallus Domesticus…the backyard chicken. A mere few pounds of feather, bone, and muscle; a creature regarded by many as a rather humorous, though not so intelligent agent of food production.

And yet make note of a most singular phenomenon now taking shape across suburb and city. From backyard eggs to the family’s new favorite pet, the urban chicken is forging a fresh place in the pecking order of human importance.

Mad City Chickens deftly weaves multiple stories and contextual issues on city chickens and their keepers in a non-linear fashion that one rarely sees in a documentary. From leading experts to urban newbies, experience the humor and heart of what’s fast becoming an international backyard chicken movement.

For additional information about the film, visit http://www.tarazod.com/filmsmadchicks.html.  For additional information about showings, visit http://www.eatsacramento.org. 

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The Chicken Wire

21 07 2009

Hey Chicken People!  This week’s Chicken Wire features Jenn’s urban flock and coop from the Pacific Northwest.  I thought it would be cool to see some before and after photos as well as a different style of coop.

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This is a “future home of the coop” shot.

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This is the completed coop.  It’s a two story, with the roost and nesting boxes on the top and the chicken run on the bottom.  This coop was built to help shelter the hens from the rain and weather in the Pacific Northwest.  The two story construction is super space efficient and allows the hens somewhere to run and hang out where they aren’t going to get wet.

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Here’s a peek into the top of the hen house.  It’s got a nice high roost, a folding door that allows the chicken owners to open it up in the limited side yard space and some very cool clear pannels to protect from the weather and to let in the sun when it’s shining.  The drawer on the bottom of the hen house facilitates easy cleaning.

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This is the bottom of the coop.  It has a roost bar, on the right, and more food and water.

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 Here is some of the lovely flock that enjoys this neat coop~  from left to right they are Nugget, Dumpling, Gwen, and Tribble.  Nugget is a Rhode Island Red, Dumpling a Barred Rock, Gwen a Black Sex Link, and Tribble a Black Australorp.





CLUCK Meeting July 28th

17 07 2009

Hello Fellow CLUCKers,

Loads of exciting things happening around our efforts! Let’s get together on Tuesday, July 28th at 6pm at the Coffee Garden (2904 Frankin Blvd.) to keep the ball rolling.

I haven’t picked up the Sacramento News and Review yet today, but I hear CLUCK is in it. Also, we’ll be screening Mad City Chickens on August 7th at the Guild Theater with a special appearance by the film makers themselves.

Also, please continue to call, email, and write your council members to let them know that you support Hens in the City. Also, encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. We are gaining some traction at City Hall, let’s continue to push for a modernized ordinance!

I look forward to seeing y’all at the next meeting,
Jaclyn





The Chicken Wire

14 07 2009

So, I’m throwing over Dave’s name suggestion (the Weekly Roost) for Kenneth’s (Chicken Wire).  Welcome to the first Chicken Wire, and a big thanks to Kenneth for the suggestion!  This week I had the opportunity to meet with and interview an urban chicken owner (UCO). 

How did you get into chickens?  UCO was inspired by agricultural ancestors and by others who were using their small urban spaces to do big things with gardens, in particular, the family in “Home Grown Revolution“.  After starting a garden and growing food, chickens seemed like a natural fit.

Tell me about your flock.  UCO started with 5 “straight runheritage breed chicks and one Silkie.  Straight run chicks are chicks whose sex has not been determined.  Chickens aren’t like dogs or cats.  You can’t tell what gender they are by turning them over.  While hatchery chicks can be purchased by gender, most local farmers or breeders don’t have the resources to determine chick gender.  UCO’s chicks were purchased from a local farmer.  True to nature, 3 of the chicks ended up being roosters.  UCO ended up with three hens~ one white Silkie named Echo, one Black Australorp named Onyx and one Silver Laced Wyandotte named RiLo.  The three ladies lay 2 eggs every day at 11:00 and love to eat Jalepenos!  In addition to peppers and other garden treats, they also love fresh kale, the ladies eat about 50 pounds of organic chicken feed every three months.  One of UCO’s favorite chicken memories is her dog herding the 6 little chicks around the yard.

Is there anything else you would like to share?  UCO wanted to share that chickens are cleaner and quieter than the dogs.  They eat bad garden bugs, slugs in particular, and they don’t have to be cleaned up after as often as the dogs.   And the neighbours love them!  UCO also wanted to share that starting out as a chicken owner doesn’t have to cost a whole lot.  UCO’s coop was constructed with scraps and is a lovely, safe and cost effective place for her chickens to live.

Tune in next week for more news from the Chicken Wire.  Abi 





A “Fresh” event on Saturday July 11th

10 07 2009

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I hope you can join EAT Sacramento/CLUCK this Saturday for the Sacramento premiere of FRESH, a new film that highlights urban ag efforts, including hen-keeping. It is officially sponsored by EAT Sacramento/CLUCK, and supports our efforts.

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Fresh showings will be at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the Guild on Saturday, July 11th.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

I hope you can join EAT Sacramento/CLUCK this Saturday for the Sacramento premiere of FRESH, a new film that highlights urban ag efforts, including hen-keeping. It is officially sponsored by EAT Sacramento/CLUCK, and supports our efforts.

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Fresh showings will be at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the Guild on Saturday, July 11th.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.

I hope you can join EAT Sacramento/CLUCK this Saturday for the Sacramento premiere of FRESH, a new film that highlights urban ag efforts, including hen-keeping. It is officially sponsored by EAT Sacramento/CLUCK, and supports our efforts.

“Fresh” celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, “Fresh” features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur’s 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

Fresh showings will be at 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm at the Guild on Saturday, July 11th.  Advance tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets.





The Weekly Roost

7 07 2009
Thanks to Dave for the name suggestion for our weekly coop and chicken feature!  This week we have another chicken tractor .  A chicken tractor is a portable coop.  They are great for urban chicken enthusiasts because they are mobile and can be moved from place to place as needed.  Tractors are excellent for spot control of weeds and for fertilizing particular areas.  Just move the coop where your weed or fertilizer problem is, and the chickens take care of it!  
A small chicken tractor

A small chicken tractor

The chicks who live in this week’s roost are (from front to back then right), a Buff Orpington, an Easter Egger, a Black Australorp and a Barred Plymouth Rock.  At 3 weeks, chicks are loosing their fluff and growing feathers.  They can look pretty awkward!

3 week old chicks who live in this week's roost

3 week old chicks who live in this week's roost

Next week we have a fun interview lined up with an urban chicken owner.  Thanks for checking out the Weekly Roost!





Films

6 07 2009

I was lucky enough to get tickets to Friday’s showing of Food Inc. and it was fantastic!  If you missed it on Friday, don’t worry, it’s showing until Thursday at the Crest.  You can pick up tickets here.  This Saturday, July 11th, EAT Sacramento is going to be hosting a screening of “FRESH” at the Guild Theater.  Tickets are available here, show times are 2:30 pm and 4:00 pm.  CLUCK campaigners will be available after both screenings to discuss our local efforts.  I hope you can join us.  I’ll wrap up with some big news;  CLUCK is going to be hosting a screening of Mad City Chickens in August!  I’m so excited.  Dates and more info to follow early next week.  Abi