Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Backyard Hens Find a Permanent Home in Monmouth!

Monmouth City Council was in full consensus that the trial chicken law was a great success and have instructed City staff to put a permanent law allowing backyard hens before Council. We did it everyone!  The new law will be adopted before July 31, 2014.  

Staff recommended that the city explore options that would  allow a group to keep chickens E.g., Edwards Addition, apartments, duplex. Council heard the request for ducks and instructed staff to look at backyard requirements for ducks  E.g., larger setbacks, large lot.  If either of these possible revisions are dear to your heart, I recommend that you contact the City Manager to explore.

So my friends, it is with a full heart that I thank each of you for your voice and actions in support of backyard hens in Monmouth. I send special thanks to the Monmouth City Council and staff and to those attending the meeting tonight-the group consisted of coop owners, neighbors and friends, along with a representative from Edwards Addition.

As we move forward, I will be here and hope to see you at future chicken events.   A July 2015 MI Coop Tour is in early planning stages – please contact me if you would like your coop to be considered.  There are only seven openings left – so don’t delay.  I would be happy to answer all your questions. 


Saturday, February 8, 2014

Visit MI Chicken Revolution at the Polk County Home and Garden Show!

Old Mill Feed & Garden 2014 Chick List, Chicks 101 Class and Chick Day!

2014 Chick List! Timing couldn't be better. With this snow we have plenty of time to study the 2014 Chick List from Old Mill Feed & Garden. Time to dream, plan and order our spring chicks!  Click here for the Old Mill Feed & Garden Chick List!

2014 Chicks 101 Class! 
March 25, 2014 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
I cannot say enough good things about this class! Worth every minute and so much more. 
Learn how to successfully raise and care for a healthy flock.  Old Mill Feed & Garden, 1313 Main St Dallas, Oregon 97338 503-831-1222 Registration is required.  Sign up sheet at Old Mill Feed and Garden or email: chendersen@oldmillfeed.com Click here for information
2014 Chick Day! April 5, 2014 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Old Mill Feed & Garden makes the experience so special that the day has become known as the Poultry Event of the Year!  This is the day you pick up your spring chick order!  See you there.     
Old Mill Feed & Garden, 1313 Main St, Dallas, Oregon 97338  503-831-1222        Click here for information

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Pet Photo's with Santa!

Join M-I Chicken Revolution at Old Mill Feed & Garden in Dallas, Oregon on Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 for their Holiday Pet Fair featuring Pet Photos with Santa, a great idea for your holiday greeting cards. This is a fundraiser for LOCAL animal charities, so tell your friends and family. They will be open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, Nov 23rd. Santa will be here for pet photos from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. They will draw for the winner of the TV at 3:00 pm.

Old Mill Feed & Garden
1313 Main Street
Dallas, Oregon 97338

Friday, October 18, 2013

2013 Polk County Chicken Education in Review

We can all learn more
Polk County was gifted with unbelievable educational offerings in 2013.  I wanted to take a moment before we enter our busy holiday season to thank everyone who offered or participated in poultry classes and those that participated in our first  MI Chicken Coop Tour. 

September 7 - Polk County Master Gardener Fall Fling
                     What the Cluck - Chickens in the Garden
                     Author Jessie Bloom
July 14 - MI Chicken Coop Tour!!
July 13 - A Beginner's Guide to Hen Keeping
             Author Gretchen Anderson
March 19 - Chicks 101 Class at Old Mill Feed & Garden
March 14 - Poultry 101 Class at Ag West Farm Store
March 2 - Backyard Poultry DYI workshop at Rouge Hop Farm

There is no reason to stop asking questions and learning during our wet winter months. Our library and Old Mill Feed & Garden are well stocked with many books on chickens.  Breed bios, coop building, chicken care and more. Here is a link to some of my favorite titles. If you plan to incorporate hens into your backyard in 2014 - now is the perfect time to prepare. The number one lesson that you can learn in winter is where to put your coop and run to keep it high and dry and hassle free during our long winters. 

Old Mill Feed & Garden 2014 Chick Day will be here before you know it.  
Will you be ready?
Isn't it great to be curious and meet people who what to share?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

The Community Joins Together to Support Backyard Hen Education

M-I Coop Tour Lawn Sign Project

Hand Crafted by our Community
M-I Coop Tour lawn signs. Be sure
to enter the drawing
and one could
be yours! 
It started with an idea: Big beautiful wooden chicken lawn signs that could mark each coop on the Sunday July 14, 2013 M-I Coop Tour and serve as a thank you gift to coop hosts. Coop hosts agreed that they would be a fun and festive accent for our tour - and the project was off and running. 

Click here to find more information about:
M-I Coop Tour Sunday July 14 from 10am-4pm
Free Hen Keeping Class July 13 at 11 am

Bringing any idea to life takes a number of steps, and in this case, each step was made possible with  donations from community members.

The first giant step was taken by Dave & Vici Upton, owners of Independence Town & Country Hardware.  Vici read the M-I Coop Tour sponsor invitation and offered to donate the plywood needed to make the signs.
Independence Town and Country Hardware
1555 Monmouth St, Independence (503) 838-1255
Town & County Hardware has become a true friend to Polk County backyard hen enthusiasts.  They've added a new section to their store for chicken products and carry supplies needed for coop/run builders.  
Brian Maroney and Dave Upton
Dave Upton and Brian Maroney

Next, Contractor, Brian Maroney volunteered to cut out the chickens. This work required skill and proper equipment-and Brian had both.

Brian and Shannon Maroney will serve as Coop Hosts on the M-I Coop Tour - wait until you see the panel chicken run that Brian built.

Domenica Protheroe, Tour Organizer, got busy to look for the patten.  She could visualize an image of a simple chickens and after dozen of google searches finally found it.  

Brian Maroney
Brian Maroney
The pattern was printed and within two days Brian Maroney cut out 16 beautiful chickens. 

Meanwhile, coop hosts were putting their heads together to find a location to paint 16 chickens. This is were coop host Marge Jacobs raised her hand and offered her Art Barn for the project.  

Marge Jacobs, Teresa Hazen & Becca
Meet all on the M-I Coop Tour!
Coop Host Teresa Hazen, daughter Becca, and Domenica met at the Art Barn and found that Marge Jacobs had organized and donated everything needed to get the job done.  We had three work areas, paint, brushes and paint thinner waiting. The setting was inspiring, as is Marge's artful coop and property.

Teresa, Becca, Domenica, and at times Marge, spent four nights painting the Chickens.  It was great experience and new friendships were formed.

So you can see it was the perfect match of generous and talented individuals that gave this project life.

We hope our Coop Tour lawn signs help you find each coop on the tour and bring you a smile.  

Be sure to enter the free drawing at the Home Coop. One lucky winner will receive their own painted chicken! The second prize is a year subscription to a Poultry Magazines. 

A Coop Tour takes many hands - we are grateful for all of our sponsors, ticket agents, each coop host and our volunteers! 
Sponsors and friends:

  • Old Mill Feed & Garden - Dallas. The answer to all our livestock and pet needs - they bring the community together.  
  • Dancing Oaks Nursery - Monmouth. One of the jewels in Polk County and the answer to our plant needs.
  • Vibrant Pet Styling - Monmouth. A national and international award winning groomer - we are so lucky that she calls Monmouth home. 

Author Gretchen Anderson for providing the 7/13/2013 Free Hen Keeping Class
Volunteer Rosa Calabrese, and Spot and Ophelia
Volunteer Sue Barker, and one of the original three chicken ladies

In kind sponsors:

  • Independence Riverview Market
  • MI Chicken Revolution


Sunday, May 19, 2013

Monmouth-Independence Coop Tour!

Welcome to the M-I Chicken Coop Tour!

The M-I Chicken Coop Tour celebrates the Monmouth-Independence 2012 legalization of backyard hens and we pay tribute to Salem Chickens in the Yard (CITY) group for their help in this effort.

M-I Chicken Coop Tour
Sunday July 14, 2013 10 am to 4 pm

Free Hen Keeping Class
Saturday July 14, 2013 at 11 am

How the Coop Tour Works One ticket per-vehicle, so load up your family and friends and enjoy the tour. The coop tour is self-guided and the ticket book will lead you to 8 unique coops; each address is included in the book. Take the tour at your own pace. The Home Coop is easy to find and volunteers will be there to answer your questions, and provide additional tour information and demonstrations. Our tour will take you to small farms, backyards, and to a beautiful display nursery that has incorporated chickens.  We hope you will enjoy our cities, beautiful back roads and the places we call home. Thank you for your support.

Independence, Dallas, Rickreall, Salem & Keizer!     

M-I Chicken Coop Tour will  offer special events on
Saturday July 13, 2013  - 9 am to 2 pm 

The Independence Riverview Market will dedicate the day to sustainable backyard practices, including backyard hens.  Come visit the many local vendors at this lovely spot in the beautiful Riverview Park in downtown Independence.

Saturday July 14, 2013 at 11 am 
Our favorite Author, Gretchen AndersonThe Backyard Chicken Fight, will offer a free class at the Independence Riverview Market Backyard Chickens: A Beginner’s Guide to Hen Keeping. This is a popular class and we feel very lucky to have Gretchen join our tour!

Join us and celebrate all things chicken!