Tuesday, May 06, 2008
Urban Sprouts is starting a chicken coop in collaboration with June Jordan Small School for Equity! The coop is a wonderful way to learn about where eggs come from and how they are produced. It is also a wonderful opportunity to explore chicken diversity, biology and to understand how chickens fit into garden and farm ecology.
Just yesterday the chicks arrived! The Urban Sprouts Program Manager has a coop of her own and they chicks are being fostered at her urban farm in sunny Oakland until they are old enough to be moved to their new coop home. Some interesting notes to take on keeping chicks, straw is too difficult for them to walk on. Their tiny wings and feet get caught and they tend to fall over. Ground corn cob works better. Also, we located an excellent source for all things fowl: Concord Feed. They carry the exact feeders and water containers and other supplies needed for tiny babies. The staff there is also very knowledgeable about livestock. For now the little peeps will grow strong in their chick hut.