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Chickens in the city: Introduction to keeping happy birds (and happy neighbours) – April

April 27, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

$73.00 – $90.00

Backyard hens are amazing pets, and a powerful way to connect with easy, low-cost, delicious, and nutritious local food. Join Minga’s very own Ami Dehne for a workshop that combines a perfect mixture of theory, stories from the trenches of years of chicken mothering,  and hands-on work that will set you up to have farm-fresh eggs every day right outside your door (and many, many photos of your beautiful chickens)!

Keeping backyard laying hens is not difficult, but there are a few things to learn in the beginning to make sure that you and your chook-chooks are happy and starting off on the right foot together. Like any relationship, for your little ladies (yes just ladies, city bi-laws do not allow roosters) to thrive, you need understand and anticipate their needs, pay attention to them (but not too much), provide a cozy place to hunker down and some good things to eat. Do this, and they will give you yummy healthy eggs, countless photogenic poses, and maybe even a snuggle or two.

What you will learn:

  • How to source hens
  • Figuring out if you want day old chicks, pullets (under 1 year), or older hens
  • What kind of housing hens need, including nesting boxes and winterizing your coop
  • How to budget for your hens
  • Breeds to consider
  • How to keep hens healthy
  • What to feed hens at different times of the year
  • What kind of roosts they like to sleep on
  • How to protect them from predators
  • How to prevent pests and what to do if they arrive
  • How to pick up a hen to check for health and happiness
  • Common neighbour challenges and how to handle them

What you will take home:

  • Everything you need to know to set-up hens in your own backyard
  • Answers to common backyard chicken questions
  • A detailed handout including all the information outlined above
  • A building plan for a basic DIY chicken coop
  • A list of books and other resources that will simplify your project and shorten the time from start to finish.

This workshop is for you if:

  • You’ve thought about getting backyard hens, but aren’t sure where to start.
  • You like to learn through hands-on activities.
  • You want to meet other backyard chicken lovers.


When: April 27, 2019, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Where: Ami’s House – 28 Inkerman Street, Guelph.

Class Size: 15

Cost: Early Bird $73.00, Regular Bird $90.00 (price includes all taxes and fees)

What to bring: A notebook, weather appropriate clothing and coop-appropriate footwear




About your Instructor: Ami Dehne

Ami, founder and lead coach at Minga Skill Building Hub, has been keeping backyard chickens at her home in Guelph since 2011. She loves the daily rhythms of feeding and caring for her chickens and has survived chicken challenges like unwanted rodent attention and dog attacks. Her chickens have become members of the family and her two small children learn to care for the chicks, hens and enjoy the eggs that they gather every day.

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April 27, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
$73.00 – $90.00
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Ami’s House
28 Inkerman Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H3C5 Canada
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