20 October 2011

Hens In The Garden

Recently, I asked my friend Elizabeth McNamer if her backyard chickens were doing well, laying eggs, behaving themselves, not upsetting the neighbors etc. She said that they were doing very well but would be going to wherever chickens go for the winter soon. I hope this last sentence is not un-intentionally ironic.

I tried to look up 'chickens' in the Gazette to see if there had been anything definitive written on them here in Billings, the kind of well-crafted investigative journalism that ace Gazette columnist Ed Kemmick would do after he had spent an evening at the City Council is what I had in mind. Alas, such was not available.

There was some recent information on chickens in Casper and Helena. But not much on the problems of chicken-fanciers here in Billings except for a couple of articles in May, June and September earlier this year wherein they were unsuccessful in getting the City Council to give their imprimatur to backyard chickens. The June article was notable for this quote: (noted by none other than Ed Kemmick of course; he wrote the other articles as well):
“I think it will be real beneficial for Billings, once we get all our chickens in a row,” 
attributed to T J Weirenga, founder and head of Billings Backyard Hens.  Check out this very nice website to learn more about the topic of urban chickens.

1 comment:

Ken & Carol said...

E told me this morning the chickens have gone home to roost all in a row. She also told me these chickens are Rhode Island Reds but it looks to me as if some other more brutish sort of rooster has been roiling up the hens. They do lay brown eggs of course but they are not known to be more healthy to consume as far as she knows.

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