Ancona chicken helpers
Sign up here to feed and water our four beloved hens. They need fresh food and water every day. Once a day is enough. You're entitled to take any eggs you find. You may also bring treats (cold rice, fruit scraps, expired salad bags or yogurt) for the girls.
Whenever possible, please use the hose to water the all the beds unless it has just rained.
- Chris will prove you the combination for the lock on the garden's Kenwood gate. Please relock when leaving, replace the key, and scramble the combination.
- The coop door can be open simply by raising the wood bar. There's a clip above to keep it out of the way.
- Always count the chickens upon arriving and leaving. There should be four.
- The chickens must have clean water at all times. The waterer hangs in the back right of the coop. You may need to dump straw or dirt out of the waterer. Feel free to spray it down with the hose.
- Give the chickens 3-4 cups of their fortified kibbles. These will be found in plastic bag inside the silver trashcan beside the coop. Do not give them kibbles that have gotten wet; wet kibbles quickly mold.
- Feeding the chickens immediately before you leave is a good way to lure them back into the coop.
- There are guidelines about how to minimize the salmonella risk, as well as Purell, beside the coop.
- You are welcome to handle a chicken as you feel comfortable.
- You're welcome to water the garden and take produce as well. Always clean your hands after touching the chickens, eggs, coop, or equipment.
- If you give the chickens a snack, please put it in a container instead of on the ground. Remove whatever the chickens haven't eaten when you leave. Food left sitting on the ground attracts mice.
- All the nice produce we're growing in the garden (lettuce, beets, strawberries) is for people. Don't give it to the hens or let them feed on these crops.
- If there's a problem like a missing or sick bird, or you can't get in, don't hesitate to call Chris: 773 746 5223.