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Humane society hosting event on caring for backyard chickens

Jan. 25 event is aimed at those looking to learn more about caring and feeding backyard chickens
An Evening with Chickens will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Guelph Humane Society.

There are great egg-spectations for an upcoming event on how to care for and manage small chicken flocks at the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) on Jan 25.

“I think having backyard chickens is becoming more popular in here Guelph, especially over the last few years, with chickens coming through our doors at the Humane Society and into our adoption program. So, we definitely know that chickens are growing in popularity,” said the GHS's Samantha Westphal.

“We are excited to be hosting this informative event on the care and keeping of backyard chickens. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a happy and healthy environment for their feathered friends."

Sponsored in part by Grand River Agricultural Society, event speakers include veterinarian Erin Preiss of Hockley Valley Mobile Veterinary Services and Westphal. Attendees will learn about the benefits of keeping backyard chickens, as well as how to properly care for and feed them.

“The Guelph Humane Society is deeply committed to providing care and welfare services to small farm animals,” says GHS animal care manager Samantha Westphal.

“As part of our education and outreach programs planned for 2023, this event aims to equip those interested with the tools they need to create a safe and healthy environment to house and care for backyard chickens, and to provide them with an enriched life.”

The event will also cover the importance of maintaining a clean, safe, and well-ventilated coop, and steps to take to prevent common health issues in chickens.

In addition to the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, get advice from the experts and interact with chickens. This event is open to the public and is suitable for both experienced chicken owners and those who are just starting out.

Westphal says the event is very important to her personally.

“I have backyard chickens. My children were so excited and because I saw so many at the shelter, I already had that background,” Westphal said.

“It’s been so great for us and our family life, doing chicken chores together. It really provides a way for us to stay connected with one another.”

An Evening with Chickens will be held Jan. 25 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Guelph Humane Society, 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd. Participation costs $12 per person to attend; pre- registration is required.

To register, visit the Guelph Humane Society's registration or website, call 519-824-3091 or email [email protected]