Saturday, October 26, 2013

LB Children's Clinic Health Fair Fun

Today our three little Angels, did some PR for backyard chickens.  They were a big hit with all the kids and their families.  Many wanted to pet and hold them and were so excited.  Up close they marveled at how pretty their feathers are and loved how soft their feathers are.  The little Angels are about 4 months old and their mommy is a rhode island red and their daddy is a white frizzle bantam cochin.  They are super friendly but after a  little scratchy were pretty bored.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Learning About Native Plants with Sylvia

This weekend Sylvia held a wonderful event for the LA Urban Chicken Enthusiasts.  She presented information about how to created a Certified Wildlife Habitat in her West Side home.  She first removed her grass, added a dry river bed and plants a wide a array of plants and developed a site that included all the elements to support wildlife, water, shelter, forage and a place to raise their young.

 She also told us how she designed her coop and even arranged for us to go to her daughter's house to see their coop.  It was Sylvia's granddaughter that had thought it would be a great idea for her to have chickens.  Sylvia is no stranger to chickens and she had a picture of her with chickens as a little girl.

We had a bleach foot bath to decontaminte shoes before attendees walked around Sylvia's yard and asked for anyone with chickens to have fresh clothes to help with biosecurity to prevent the inadvertent transmission of infections.

Thank you, Sylvia, again for such a well organized event.

The Babies Are All Grown Up

Peanut has kicked her little babies to the curb and sees them as just plain annoying.  But they haven't forgotten their mommy.  One of her little angels still tries to sleep with her even though it means being pecked and that they don't really fit under anymore at 4 months of age!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We Love Our Baby Chicks

OK Update on Peanut, our special Rhode Island Red hen. I was surprised when she started to act broody.  I didn't know that RIRs were ever broody but our wise group let me know that heritage RIRs are great mommies!  Now she's got three little cute chicks that she hatched from herself and Frosty our frizzle rooster. They're 3 weeks old now and wonderfully friendly and I might even say i think that they are girls. I could sit all day holding Peanut and the three of them. They like to sit on her back and we all take quicky naps together.

Here's a super cute video of one of the chicks not even a week old dust bathing with her mommy. It's funny to see her get kicked around and loving it.

 I love Peanut and her babies.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Support Chickens, Bees and Goats at the Long Beach City Council Meeting 7/16 5pm

It's the big moment when the Long Beach City Council will address the proposed changes to allow more people to have chickens, goats and bees.  The proposed changes to the municipal code is a bundle right now but the council members can ask for any kind of changes.  We are awaiting the proposed agenda and we are hoping that there will be a revised version of the changes.  You never know which way things will go and it would be best to email the representatives ahead of time as they will likely be reviewing opinions now!  Here are people you can contact to show your support of making urban agriculture more accessible to the people of Long Beach and changes in Long Beach will hopefully help out people trying to changes codes in other cities.  If you are in support please send the city a message, otherwise they won't know.

The city council meeting is held in the city chambers at 333 W Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA.  There is a time for public commentary at which time you can say something in support of chickens, goats and bees.  Hope to see you there.

From the last city meeting (below) so there may have been changes but as soon as there is updated info, I'll change it here.

The Long Beach City Environmental Committee has posted the recommended changes to the city code.

Please take a look.  One of the strangest things is that water and food need to be given every 12 hours.  That's silly.  You need to have your home inspected before a license can be issued.  And the worse, is that the "inspector" can determine if there is anything else that would be of concern that would not allow a license to be given in addition to many other things.  There is also something that says that the enclosure needs to be cleaned daily so technically deep litter wouldn't be allowed.

The City's current ordinance allows livestock in some areas of Long Beach, but not in others. The Environmental Committee is considering an ordinance that may standardize the City's livestock ordinance throughout the City, and create new standards for allowing chickens, goats and bees in residential areas.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Great Tips For Coop Building

I love what I just found on Urban Chickens which had a link to this great list of tips.  When you go to the site just click on the tiny pic and it's easy to read.  You'll love it!

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Ultimate Way To Say, "I Love My Chickens"

It's very LA to show your love and devotion to your chickens by getting an incredible tattoo.  Artist, Mike DeVries, is in Northridge and has created this remarkable image.  Almost seems like he's going to peck you if you look at him the wrong way.