Coop News Vol. 5 No. 2, May 16, 2010
Hello Fellow COOPers,
Well, it has been a fun Spring now moving into Summer. We got three new chicks in February and just integrated them with the rest of our flock. They are doing their best to hold their own and will be fine. We have a dominique, a cuckoo maran and another Ancona (the only way Doug will let me get new chicks is if there's an Ancona included!).
Over the spring there have been several significant losses to our COOP chicken family, most notably three of Lauren's four hens to a raccoon, followed by her loss of Connie who was dispatched by a bow-and-arrow-wielding fireman in Lower Merion; all four or five of Kristina and Andrew's little bantams and polish hens to another hungry raccoon (we think). My neighbors Larry and Pat also lost three to a fox just the other day. We mourn these lost girls. Be watchful and double-check your coop security.
On a brighter note, chicks are hatching out all over! If you send me pictures of your new chickies, Doug will post them on the website here.
Due to my total lack of organization this spring, we missed having a party in April or May, that Eileen and Peter were going to host.
I'd like to put that party on hold because Suzanne and Bob Sheasley have invited us back out to their wonderful farm for a potluck and bonfire on Saturday June 26 from 3pm — whenever!
Suzanne will be setting up a potluck signup and sending more detailed info out to everyone. Eileen — be sure to bring the COOP mascot, Fritatta!
I hope everyone can come and enjoy the Sheasley's wonderful farm, pond and lots of chickens, ducks and assorted other animals.
I just found out from Bann about an annual meeting of chicken folks happening on May 23 in New Tripoli PA, just north of Kutztown. That's about an hour and a half from where we live.
At a Chickenstock people can buy, sell, and trade birds/items no fee for selling or anything. They also have good food, and you get to meet other chicken people.
So, if you're looking for chicks or chickens and want to meet other crazy chicken people, head on up for a great time, and bring a potluck dish. Unfortunately, I will be out of town that weekend or I'd be there in a heart beat.
For more info and a partial list of chicks, read the thread on the BYC forum.
Bann — what time does this shindig start and can you give us a little more info?
Chris Holcombe has a beautiful, 9 month old, rumpless white Araucana (pictured above, on the left) available to a good home. He is a beauty. Email Chris at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have been getting a lot of emails from folks wanting to join COOP and wanting more information about raising chickens, etc. A lot of emails are coming from folks in Philadelphia. Go Philly!
Here are the new members since mid-December. If someone lives near you, please email them to spread the chicken love around, especially all you West Philly guys and gals!
- Alysia Crissman, email@example.com, Philadelphia
- Andrew Laine, firstname.lastname@example.org, East Oak Lane, wants chickens!
- Chuck Amos, email@example.com, Warrington, has hens
- Diane Diffenderfer, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wyncote, wants hens
- Fiona Griffeth, email@example.com, West Philly, wants hens
- Georgia, firstname.lastname@example.org, Landsdale, wants hens
- Greg Haughton, email@example.com
- Hector, Hectoraltiery@cavtel.net, has hens
- James Coletta, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phoenixville
- Jennifer Chase, email@example.com, West Philly, has hens
- John Johnston, firstname.lastname@example.org, Horsham, wants chickens
- Joseph Revlock, joseph.Revlock@Verizon.net, Philadelphia - raising 2 chickens in a Community Garden in West Philly; looking for feed closer to home
- Judy Hagerott, email@example.com, Sheridan, WY - our farthest flung member and 100th email address on our mailing list! Any relation to Toby Hagerott?
- Julie Sturman, firstname.lastname@example.org, has hens, looking for more breeds (try Chickenstock!)
- Karen Cherubini, email@example.com, Germantown science teacher teaching embryology
- Karen Eberbach, KSEberbach@comcast.net, has hens and meat birds
- Kate Hughes, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fishtown, wants hens
- Kathy Bepler, email@example.com, Media, has hens
- Maggie Messer, firstname.lastname@example.org, Doylestown, wants hens
- Marlenah Barker, email@example.com, Conshohocken, has chickens
- Matt Wray, firstname.lastname@example.org, Mt. Airy, has hens
- Maureen P Breen, email@example.com, North East Philadelphia - has hens, broker of the Red Stars!
- Michaelann, firstname.lastname@example.org, Elkins Park, wants chickens
- Paul Kaplan, email@example.com, North Wales, has chickens
- Paul Scutt, firstname.lastname@example.org, Yardley - introducing a flock to the high school where he works, looking for ideas (needs to talk to Ross)
- Raina Dominguez, email@example.com, Philadelphia, has chickens - Raina is in the Education Center at Pennypack Farm
- Robert Jennings, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sam Earle, email@example.com, Wyndmoor, has hens
- Shane Morgan, firstname.lastname@example.org, Landenberg, getting hens soon!
- Sue Wyatt, email@example.com, Glenside, wants hens
- Susan Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org, Wyncote, has 3 chickens
- Toby Hagerott, email@example.com, New Castle DE, wants hens
Hope I didn't miss anyone. Feel free to email the group if you have chicken questions.
Rock Island (Stanstead) is a town located on the Canada-United States border across from Derby Line, Vermont. Enjoy these articles from 1921 about keeping poultry. I found these searching Google recently:
- Poultry Cackles, The Stanstead Journal, April 7, 1921
- Poultry Cackles, The Stanstead Journal, April 14, 1921
Another fun book about chicken raising thanks to Google Books, titled "The Hen at Work" by Ernest Cobb, published in 1919
Enjoy the weather and I hope to see all of you at the Sheasley's on June 26th.