City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard:

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City chooks – keeping chickens in your backyard:

Time: August 28, 2011 from 1pm to 2:30pm
Location: Epsom, Auckland
Website or Map: http://www.mountedenvillagepe…
Event Type: workshop, keeping, chicken, in, the, city
Organized By: Mount Eden Village People
Latest Activity: Sep 25, 2011

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Start time: 1pm, Duration 1-1.30 hours,

Tutor: Gail Batten
Location: Epsom
Contribution ; $20.00

Please rsvp to: Judith Holtebrinck,

Chickens in the city, with Gail Batten
This is a site visit at Gail’s garden where she will tell us what you need to get started, what they should eat and how to raise your chickens from a fertile egg. You will learn the guidelines of keeping chickens in the city, tips on housing them and other titbits of information.

This workshop covers:

* Benefits of having chickens
* Housing requirements and rules
* Feeding
* Hatching and rearing
* Health and wellbeing
* All about eggs
* Miscellaneous and troubleshooting
* Benefits of different breeds
* How to adopted a chicken

About Gail Batten:
When Gail came back from a woofing (working on organic farms) holiday a year ago, she was given some fertilised eggs as a farewell present. Back in Auckland she managed to borrow a hen from a friend of hers to sit on the eggs. A few weeks later she had baby chicks, a chook house and later lots of eggs for breakfast. In December last year she obtained more fertilised eggs and now the chook house is full of life, eggs and entertainment.

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Comment by Judith Holtebrinck on September 25, 2011 at 9:10pm
That's great to hear and well done for creating a beautiful home for these poor battery hens.
Comment by Natasha Bagley on September 24, 2011 at 3:09pm
Hi Judith, Sorry for the slow reply. Notes came through before your message. Thanks very much. Chicken house built and run in progress. I am also top of the waiting list to adopt 4 ex-battery chickens from The Sanctuary in warkwoth, hopefully next month.
Comment by Judith Holtebrinck on September 4, 2011 at 8:05pm

Hi Natasha,


I sent out the notes tonight, please send me an email to if you did not get them.


Great to hear you are ready for your chickens :-)


Best wishes



Comment by Natasha Bagley on September 3, 2011 at 12:55pm
Great event thanks and thank you for hosting it. I was just wondering when you are emailing through the notes and powerpoint from Gail? Halfway through building my chicken house now.
Comment by Judith Holtebrinck on August 2, 2011 at 7:40am

Hi Natasha,

wonderful, I will send out a reminder with the address details one week befor the workshop.

Let me know if you want to collect food leftovers from one of our local shops to feed your chickens. Our chickens are getting lots of goodies  from the Essential Deli.


We are looking forward to meeting you.


Best wishes





Comment by Natasha Bagley on August 1, 2011 at 10:39pm



Would love to attend. Please put my name down and let me know any details, such as location in Epsom and anything you want from me. Emailed you too :) Thanks Natasha

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