Sunday, May 3, 2009

More Fresh Eggs For Sale

Grown right here in Milton. Support your local farms and gardens. You'll find another roadside sign on Henderson Road (near Birmingham), at Hassel Farms.

And a really nice green barn.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Fresh Eggs For Sale In Milton!

Wendy McGrew raises backyard chickens and calls the coop "The Taj". Now we can all enjoy their produce. To earn some money over the Summer months, her boys have opened an honor system Fresh Egg Stand at their
Home Sweet Home on Freemanville Road, just south of Dinsmore Road.

The eggs are beautiful, in all different colors. Go and support a local farmer, or two!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Chicks

Friday, March 27, 2009

News: Chicken Whisperer to Give Away 500 Baby Chicks in Atlanta

Andy G. Schneider, the national radio personality known as the Chicken Whisperer plans to give away 500 baby chicks on Saturday, April 11th starting at 8:00 AM at the Greenwoods on Green Street restaurant in Roswell, Georgia, located at 1087 Green Street 30075. The Chicken Whisperer’s plan is to promote the keeping of backyard poultry and to get folks thinking about growing more of their own food with this “Chicken Stimulus Package.”

Schneider, host of the nationally broadcast radio show Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer, and his station manager at Radio Sandy Springs came up with the idea after the city of Roswell went after one of its citizens for keeping pet chickens in his backyard. According to Schneider, the big chicken give away has the support of citizens and former lawmakers alike.

All baby chicks have been donated by hatcheries across America. Only two chicks will be given away to each family and they will come with a starter bag of feed, care instructions, and a map to North Fulton Feed and Seed in Alpharetta where they can pick up additional supplies. “This is our very own small economic stimulus package for the people of Atlanta,” the Chicken Whisperer says. “In the middle of layoffs, foreclosures, and a poor economy we want to teach people how to become a little more self-sufficient, and keeping backyard pet poultry is a good start.”

As a huge fan of backyard poultry, I am pleased to see that the Chicken Whisperer has been able to put the chicken feed right where the municipal beak is … so-to-speak. With any luck at all, the Chicken Stimulus Package will stimulate local lawmakers to rethink the whole topic of backyard poultry in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Folks, it’s time to take back your right to produce clean safe food … and to keep chickens as pets, of course.

--Hank Will, Editor, GRIT

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Chicken Lovers Unite!

What a great day! Early this morning I went to Roswell City Hall to support Andrew Wordes who had a court case in defense of having backyard chickens. Seems the way the City's ordinance is written he can have them, the City thinks otherwise.

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes took on the case and came to represent Andrew. Along with 50 or so of us fellow chicken lovers. It was a great sight to see. Most all of us were dressed in yellow shirts with large buttons saying I Love Chickens.

Also in attendance was every news outlet from every major network, CNN, Joan Durbin of the Neighbor News, Hatcher Hurd of Appen News, and many others. The City had created a chicken stink and we were there to make sure the stink only comes from wet manure in our gardens.

You should have heard all of us talking about our beloved chickens and the joy from raising them for fresh eggs and even companionship. They make excellent pets.

Thee case of the chickens is not over. We must go back in May as the case was delayed in order to allow the City more time to discuss the wording of ordinance and whatever else they do legally. Personally I think it might have to do more with public relations. I'm fairly certain they enjoyed having Barnes in their courtroom.

Thank Goodness for Milton's AG-1 zoning! May it live on forever.

Here are a few photos....

Andy Schneider aka The Chicken Whisperer

Andrew Wordes, "The Defendant" and Proud Chicken Lover

Our Buttons of Support

Our Signs of Support

Kathleen Smith, Milton Resident and Chicken Owner

Denise Moss (in green), Milton Resident and Chicken Lover

Hatcher Hurd, Appen Newspapers (Milton Herald)

Alison Byrnes (in red), Milton Resident and Proud Chicken Owner

Jenelle with her sweet Beauregard

Former Georgia Governor Roy Barnes with Andy and Andrew at Press Conference

Words from The Chicken Whisperer, and why we were there...
About a month ago Andrew received a warning from Roswell Code Enforcement that keeping backyard pet chickens was unlawful in the City of Roswell. Andrew and myself looked into it, and noticed that there were no laws that clearly or specifically stated that a City of Roswell resident could not keep backyard pet chickens. After several phone calls and visits to the city regarding this matter, it was determined that the one area in the code it stated anything about poultry was written poorly, and did not specifically state a resident could not have backyard pet chickens. Code Enforcement disagreed so we requested a meeting with the Mayor’s office. During our meeting with the Mayor of Roswell, Jerry Wood (who also happens to be an attorney), he also stated that he saw nowhere in the Roswell code that prevented Roswell residents from keeping backyard pet chickens. Then more City of Roswell officials joined in the meeting, and the Mayor told them the same thing! At one point the Mayor told the city officials “they were really reaching” regarding the current wording of the current code regarding poultry. The Mayor also stated and I quote, “ If I were you (talking to Andrew) I would get my citation, hire an attorney, and come kick the city’s ass.” It was also mentioned that Andrew should try to have the law changed to allow the keeping of backyard pet chickens, but again the Mayor stated, “There is no law to change because according to the current code he can have backyard pet chickens”. At that point we all got up and the meeting was adjourned. Well, as stated in our last posting about this case this is far from over. That became a reality on Tuesday when Andrew got a citation from the Code Enforcement Officer for keeping backyard pet chickens unlawfully.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

News from The Chicken Whisperer

The Chicken Scratch
Issue #18
March 11, 2009

Hello Chicken Buffs! I hope you’re enjoying this nice weather we are having. I have already seen an increase in egg production from my hens. I hope you have too! If you purchased some ISA Browns from me back in November you might start seeing some eggs! I’ve had several calls from customers that have already started getting some eggs at 17 weeks. Start checking the nesting boxes, and of course all of those little hiding places your hen will find to lay! I’m really eggcited to see how these ISA Browns are going to perform. So far, so good! I will be at the Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center this Friday, March 13th from 11:00am to 1:00pm for a Lunch & Learn about keeping backyard poultry. I will be at the Dunwoody Nature Center on Saturday, April 4th from 1:00pm to 3:00pm teaching a class about keeping backyard poultry, and I will also be teaching the “Chicks In The City” class at the Oakhurst Gardens on April 25th. There will be an Atlanta chicken coop tour right after this class! You can find more information about all of these classes below. I have temporarily suspended all chicken sales until Easter, and maybe even after. I had to eliminate something off my schedule to free up some time, and it was the most time consuming, least profitable portion of my business. This is not a permanent decision. I will resume chicken sales once things settle down a little bit.

The Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer radio show is breaking records! The show this past Saturday, March 7th broke the record for the most number of listeners ever at the radio station! I could not be more proud! It just so happened that CNN was there filming the radio show for an upcoming special about the growing number of people in America keeping backyard poultry. Thank you so much for listening. We have had e-mails and phone calls from all across this great nation, and they just keep coming. We have three national sponsors, and eggspect many more in the weeks to come. I believe we will break our current record for the number of listeners on Saturday, March 21st when we welcome Dr. Tarah Hadley to the radio show. Dr. Tarah Hadley, DVM is one of about 120 certified avian veterinarians in all of North America, and she will be joining us the third Saturday of every month! Wow!

The sponsor for our March meetup meeting is Meetup member Greg Haney owns, and designs custom chicken coops. Please visit his very informative website, and order your custom coop plans today! They will be providing the door prizes for our March meetup meeting! Door prizes will be $10.00, $20.00, and $30.00 gift cards to Tractor Supply! Wow! Thank you Greg Haney with

Redbone Consulting, LLC
10945 State Bridge Road
Alpharetta, Georgia 30022

If you know a company that would be interested in sponsoring one of our monthly meetings, or the Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer Radio Show please let me know! We have listeners from all across this great nation!

The March Monthly Meetup Meeting North will be held on Monday, March 16th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. It will again be held at the Golden Corral in Alpharetta. The address, phone number, and directions are located on our meetup website. There is a pretty good chance that CNN will be attending and filming the meeting so we need to have a good crowd! Please remember to RSVP!

The March Monthly Meetup Meeting South will be held at the Golden Corral in Jonesboro. The address, phone number, and directions are located on our meetup website. Andrew Wordes, our Assistant Organizer will be responsible for this meeting. Please remember to RSVP!

Here is some information about the Carpet City Bantam Poultry show this weekend…
Carpet City Bantam Club - Blue Show
North Georgia Fairgrounds
March 14th, 2009
Dalton, Georgia
Contact- Jeff Wilson
Phone 706-695-7092

If you have not noticed we are STILL the largest pet chicken meetup group in the country with 453 members. Congratulations!

Chickenstock 2009 is still alive and well! I have however decided to keep it a statewide event for the first year because of limited resources, and volunteers. I’m working on this daily, and should have some updated information very soon. This will be our first pre-pay meetup event meaning you will pre-pay when you RSVP. All of this will be explained in detail when everything is finalized.

Friday, March 13, 11:00am-1:00pm
Food for Thought - Lunch & Learn Series
Join us for an insight into the food we eat. Discover the differences between frozen and canned items. Learn the benefits of organically grown produce. Learn about keeping backyard poultry. Visit the recycled art show hosted by the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) home school students currently meeting at GEHC. Enjoy a presentation at 12:00pm by Kaiser Permanente's Educational Theatre Program who will present "Give Peas a Chance"! This performance is suitable for all ages.
Cost: FREE, GEHC Admission extra

Chicks in the City: Keeping Backyard Poultry
Join the Chicken Whisperer for our popular chicken crash course. An intro to coop design, relevant ordinances, breed selection, care and feeding, and resources with a local keeper of an "urban flock."
Saturday, April 25, 12pm -2 p.m.
$25 Garden member, $30 non-member
You can register online at, call (678) 642-4977, or email Thank you for your support!

Andy Schneider, the "Chicken Whisperer," is coming to the Dunwoody Nature Center! Learn how to care for and enjoy fresh eggs from chickens that are at home on your range.
Saturday, April 4; 1-3 pm
DNC members: $20; General Public: $25
Dunwoody Nature Center is located at:
5343 Roberts Drive
Dunwoody, GA 30338
Telephone: (770) 394-3322
Fax: (770) 394-8811

The article in last week’s Johns Creek Neighbor was a good one. Andrew’s court date is set for Thursday, March 19th so keep sending the e-mails, letters, and faxes! CNN is calling the City of Roswell to get permission to film inside the courtroom. Wow! Many of our members keep chickens under the radar, and this could be any one of us in this situation! Because this is an ongoing legal battle I can’t comment very much regarding this particular case, however we are making some good progress. We have met with the Mayor, City Officials, Criminal Defense Attorneys, and attended by invitation a Community Development meeting. Thank you so much to those of you who have sent letters, faxes, and e-mails to the city regarding the keeping of backyard pet chickens. Please keep sending them! This is not over! The more the better! I promise to keep all you all posted on the latest details as they become available. I will also let you know when it’s time to really get involved by showing up at City Hall if need be. This could be a huge WIN for backyard pet chicken owners all across the state!

Well, I guess that’s about it, but I’m sure I will think of something I missed about the time I hit the send button! Please make sure to listen to “Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer™” this Saturday at 9:00am!

Until next time…
Thank you so much for being a member of the Atlanta Pet Chicken Meetup Group!

Chicken Whisperer™

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

News from The Chicken Whisperer


The Chicken Scratch
Issue #16
February 25, 2009


I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of hearing about the bad economy, company layoffs, stimulus packages, foreclosures, salmonella outbreaks, Left vs. Right, and the 14 baby lady every time I turn on the television or radio! Everybody is telling us how bad everything is, but nobody is telling us how to make things better! I have a simple solution. CHICKENS! Not just chickens, but trying to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle using chickens, and other things around the house to save a little money, and to live a better life! Where am I going with this you ask? Well, the general manager of the radio station came to me after the show last week, and asked me if I would be interested in extending the show to two hours because of it’s instant success nationwide. I of course said yes, but now I have two hours to fill instead of just one. So, The first hour or so will be all about backyard poultry, and the remainder of the show will be about ways we can all live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Chickens will be a large part of it, but it will also include composting, water collection, solar power, wind power, alternate heating/cooling sources, gardening, canning, and other cost saving earth friendly backyard projects! I very eggcited about this additional hour of programming, and I hope you are too! Tune in this Saturday from 8:00am to 10:00am!


As stated above the radio show is popular beyond eggspectations! We have now become a two-hour radio show, and have callers from all over the nation! Here is the best news of all! I have just lined up a certified avian veterinarian to come on the radio show every month to answer all of your avian medical questions! How hard was this? Well, there are less than 150 certified avian veterinarians in the nation! We now have one that will be on the show once a month! WOW! I will let all of you know the start date as soon as I can!


We currently are looking for a March sponsor for our monthly meetup meetings. If you know of a company that would like to sponsor our group please have them contact me!


If you have not yet noticed I have scheduled the March monthly meetup meetings. Yes, I said meetings! Because of our growth over the past couple of months I’m going to try having two monthly meetings each month to allow more members to attend. Currently there is a north meeting and a south meeting. Maybe one day there will be north, south, east, and west meetings as well, but we need to test the waters to see how this is going to work. I hope to set the locations as soon as possible so you can start to RSVP! If there is a member that lives on the south side that would like to be in-charge of the south side meeting please let me know ASAP! I would love to have north, south, east, and west meetings, but it’s all up to you, the members to make it work by participating. Let’s see what happens in March, and we will take it from there!


I received GREAT feedback from the Fifth Annual Chattahoochee Valley Poultry Show in Newnan, Georgia this past weekend. If you were able to attend please fill out the feedback questionnaire on the website! I will keep you posted on all upcoming poultry shows as the information becomes available.


If you have not noticed we are still the largest pet chicken meetup group in the nation with 420 members! Congratulations!


Because this is an ongoing legal battle I can’t comment very much regarding this particular case, however we are making some good progress. We have met with the Mayor, City Officials, Criminal Defense Attorneys, and attended by invitation the Community Development meeting that was held today. Thank you so much to those of you who have sent letters, faxes, and e-mails to the city regarding the keeping of backyard pet chickens. Please keep sending them! This is not over! The more the better! I promise to keep all you all posted on the latest details as they become available. I will also let you know when it’s time to really get involved by showing up at City Hall if need be. There should be a story about this in next week’s Johns Creek Neighbor newspaper if all goes well. The reporter interviewed me today after the meeting. If not you then who? If not now then when? This could be a huge WIN for backyard pet chicken owners all across the state! I have again listed the contacts below for the Roswell City Council Members…

Post 1 Councilman Rich Dippolito

Post 2 Councilwoman Becky Wynn

Post 3 Councilman David Tolleson

Post 4 Councilman Kent Igleheart

Post 5 Councilman Jerry Orlans

Post 6 Councilwoman Lori Henry

Code Enforcement Office

Planning and Zoning Director

38 Hill Street, Suite G-30
Roswell, GA 30075
Phone: 770/ 641-3774
Fax: 770/641-3741


Thank you for being a loyal member of the Atlanta Pet Chicken Meetup Group!

Andy G. Schneider

Chicken Whisperer™
Chicken Whisperer™, Inc.
Backyard Poultry with the Chicken Whisperer™

Monday, February 9, 2009

Chickin Feed

This is a great website.
Check it out....HERE

The Chickin Feed Story
Chickin Feed is a company dedicated to simple, fun and effective ways to improve nutrition for today's modern families. (Chickin Feed has nothing to do with feeding farm animals. It's an affectionate term for children.) Chickin Feed believes that a greater awareness of what makes up a balanced daily diet will lead to better overall eating habits. And hopefully to a lifetime of healthy eating.

Chickin Feed was started by mother hen, Leslie Smith Grant, a mother of two with no good nutrition training to speak of. It began while trying to come up with a simple way to teach her children about what they should be eating each day (and to remind herself as well). "I needed a simple way to keep the important information - what makes up a balanced daily diet - literally in front of my children."

You can find Chickin Feed products right here in Milton at The Broadwell Cottage in Historic Crabapple.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

More Gulfport Chicken News

From Andrew of the Atlanta Pet Chicken Meetup.....
This is an email I received Tuesday evening from Gulfport City Commissioner Michele King after the City Commission Meeting. Councilwoman King is going against everyone to help change the city ordinances so PET CHICKENS will be allowed.

Hey Andrew, just got back from the council meeting and we did vote 3 to 2 to bring the chicken ordinance back. The key to it passing on next reading will be to make sure Mary Stull votes in favor. I got her to agree to bring it back but I'm not sure when it happens if she will vote in favor or not. So.....anyone interested should call and/or write Mary Stull and get her convinced. Good luck! Michele

Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone or in writing

"Bringing it back" merely means they are going to VOTE on it again so we are only HALFWAY there. I recommend that EVERYONE thank Michele King for her support and write EVERY council member and the mayor and let them know how we feel. Michele King feels that MARY STULL is going to cast the deciding vote so we need to convince her.

Here is a condenced version of what I sent to all of the city council and I believe gets right to the point.

You get hormone-free/antibiotic-free eggs that tastes better and are healthier than store bought eggs for less tan $1 per dozen.
Provide a use for food scraps which generates fertilizer (manure) for the garden and cuts down on landfill usage.
Free organic garden fertilizer allows residents to grow healthier food.
They provide organic pest control of insects for your yard.
They are entertaining companions.

If you aren't aware the backyard chicken movement is growing nationwide because people want to get back to their roots and live a more simple lifestyle. Having pet chickens is just one way they can do this. No one is saying people should be allowed to have 50 chickens in their backyard (just like I can't have 10 dogs or cats) but allowing a few backyard laying hens seems like a sensible thing to do. Hernando county and Ybor City have looked at and dealt with this same issue successfully as have many other cities nationwide. They have faced this issue and resolved it by allowing chickens as long as they are pets and forbid the raising, selling and slaughter of them.

CNN, ABC, NBS, and the large newspapers have already had articles regarding the "Pet Chicken Phenomenon" and your city's dilemia has nationwide interest.

I kindly ask that you consider these points when you are making your decision regarding the keeping of pet chickens at your next meeting. This isn't only about one families' chickens, but is more a statement that the City Of Gulfport, Florida values personal freedom

If everyone would spend a few minutes to send an email , fax or call, we can insure that Jennifer Conroy and her family get to keep their pet chickens.

Here is a list of the phone numbers and email addresses for the Gulfport, Florida City Council.
Mayor, Mike Yakes (Currently voted yes, to bring it back for a vote.)
E-mail Address:
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Council Member, Michele King Voted yes. 100% for Chickens!
E-mail Address:
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Council Member, Mary Stull Voted yes but must be convinced.
E-mail Address:
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Council Member, Judy Ryerson Voted NO.
E-mail Address:
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Council Member, Bob Worthington Voted NO
E-mail Address:
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Gulfport FL Case

A very brief history follows from Andy Schneider (aka The Chicken Whisperer) regarding the Gulfport, Florida chicken case. For more detailed information, the links to the newspaper articles are listed below...

A local police officer was on an unrelated call, and heard what sounded like a chicken. He went to investigate, and saw chickens in Jennifer Conroy's back yard. He took pictures, and gave her a ticket! Apparently the Mayor, and City Council members unanimously voted "YES" to allow Jennifer to keep her chickens. Then it interestingly came up for another vote when two of the City Council members were conveniently out of town. You guessed it! The two council members who voted in favor, and still are in favor of allowing pet chickens were the one's that were out of town.

First newspaper article: http://www.tampabay.c...
Second newspaper article: http://www.tampabay.c...

This is where it stands right now...

I sent out a mass e-mail to all of you asking for your help regarding this matter. Many of you responded with wonderful letters, and e-mails. Here is how your letters helped...

Last night at the Gulfport City Council Meeting our letters, e-mails, and even the CBS 46 video about our club was mentioned specifically! One City Council member stated, "I have gotten at least 30 e-mails in support of allowing backyard chckens!" "There is even a video about Atlanta allowing pet chickens!" You should be very proud of yourselves for getting involved. This just shows that we CAN make a difference.

Now what?

Well, the Gulfport City Council decided to let Jennifer keep her chickens for now. They are going to bring this back up for a vote at the next meeting on Tuesday, February 3rd. So this is far from over!

Again, this is not over! We ALL need to send an e-mail in support of this woman, and pet chickens! Here is the updated info...

City of Gulfport Florida
2401 53rd Street South
Gulfport Florida, 33707
727-893-1005 (Fax)

Mayor, Mike Yakes (Currently voting yes, but not a strong yes.)
E-mail Address:

Council Member, Michele King (Currently voting yes. All for it.)
E-mail Address:

Council Member, Mary Stull (Currently voting yes, but on the fence.)
E-mail Address:

Council Member, Judy Ryerson (Currently voting no. Strongly against it.)
E-mail Address:
Special Note: She claims she grew up on a farm, and has bad memories of chickens.

Council Member, Bob Worthington (Currently voting no. Strongly against it.)
E-mail Address:
Special Note: Claims that if they allow pet chickens they will have to allow pet cows, and there would be no end to what else they would have to allow.

If not you then who? If not now then when? (phillip vera cruz)

We can all make a difference in this city, if you just take the time to send a short letter or e-mail!


Andy (Chicken Whisperer)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

News from Andy the Chicken Whisperer

Chicken Scratch
Issue #4
December 3, 2008

Well, tomorrow is Wednesday, but I wanted to go ahead and get the weekly newsletter completed. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! With the price of turkeys, maybe we should start a turkey meetup group as well. I saw an organic free range turkey at Whole Foods yesterday for $77.00! Yes, you read that right $77.00! WOW!
My condolences to all the UGA fans out there, but maybe GT is due a win after 7 years.
Since my last newsletter one week ago we have had 6 new members join! We are on our way to being the largest chicken club/meetup in the United States! I just keep telling myself there is power in numbers. There have also been many new posts on the message board so make sure you visit often. To give you an idea of how popular this chicken movement has become, I have sold 100 chicks in the past 30 days, and I’m just one person! WOW!

This months meeting will be held on Monday, December 15th from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.This will not only be our regular monthly meeting, but it will also be our last meeting of the year, and our Christmas Party. As you can see it will be held at the Golden Corral in Alpharetta. As promised if we have at least 15 to 20 members attend, I will schedule the January meeting closer into town. I am requesting that all who are able to please bring an unwrapped toy that can be donated to the Toys for Tots program.

This meeting will be a little different than the past meetings. The first hour will be a round table type discussion with two topics. Each topic will be discussed for 30 minutes. Members can comment one at a time, and ask any questions, or make any comments regarding the topic. I think this will be a good way for all of us to learn more about our chickens. The second hour will be a free for all open session just like our past meetings.
The two topics this month will be…

Session #1 - 7:00pm to 7:30pm
“The Dangers of Buying or Trading Chickens”
Andrew Wordes, Assistant Organizer

We will discuss what to look for when you purchase chickens from a seller you may or may not know. What questions to ask the seller. What to look for when you pick up the new chicken(s). What to do when you get home with your new chicken(s). Etc…

Session #2, 7:30pm to 8:00pm
“Scratch, Pellets, Crumbles, and Starter. What’s In My Chicken Feed?”
Chip Sims, Meetup Member

We will discuss the many different types of chicken feed, including but not limited to nutrition, ingredients, cost, and amounts.

I’m really looking forward to both of these discussions!

The meeting will officially start at 7:00pm, and officially end at 9:00pm, but many members arrive early, and many members stay late! It's all good!

I will have a table set up at the meeting room entrance with the sign up sheet, nametags, and door prize hat. Please make sure you complete all the above.

The Golden Corral has deemed us an official group now, and with that comes a small unexpected upfront fee. I paid an upfront fee today of $1.00 per person. I booked the room for an estimated 35 people so my fee was $35.00. This money will go directly to our server that will be assigned to our group. I don’t mind paying the $19.00 fee each month for the group’s website, but I may look into charging a $1.00 fee at future meetings held at the Golden Corral to cover the meeting room/server fee. Many meetup groups have an annual membership fee, and I would like to delay doing that for as long as possible.

Please try to be on time because our first round table discussion will start promptly at 7:00pm. I do however know how Atlanta traffic can be!

I hope to see all 113 of you there!

Well, I guess that's about it. Thanks for reading!

Andy (Chicken Whisperer)

Monday, December 1, 2008

Books for Chicken Lovers

Great Holiday Gifts for Chicken Lovers.....
OMLET/Barbara's Weekly Diary Book Reviews

With Christmas approaching, I often receive emails from people asking me to recommend some books on keeping chickens, and these are a few of my favourites. One of my most thumbed books is Hens in the Garden, Eggs in the Kitchen by Charlotte Popescu. It’s a lovely book with information on breeds and general aspects of chicken keeping such as feeding, health, housing and hatching, and the author combines this with some delicious recipes for all the eggs you’ll be collecting once you’ve added some hens to your garden. It is a very useful addition to the bookshelf. Another super little book, particularly for beginners, is Johannes Paul and William Windham’s Keeping Pet Chickens. Each double page deals with a separate subject and the information is clear and easy to understand with lots of photographs and diagrams. This book is all you need to get you started. For more in depth information though, Victoria Roberts Teach Yourself - Keeping Poultry covers the care of chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys and other breeds in much more detail. It is a very well set out book with sections on buying birds, handling them, housing, health, broody hens,breeding chicks and more. It also has a really useful diseases, problems and troubleshooting section at the back for quick reference.

If you’re interested in the myriad of different breeds, there are two excellent books which I’d recommend. Best Hens For You by Charlotte Popescu, is a lovely read with information about the breeds, and little anecdotes from people who have owned them, which is really helpful if you’re looking for hens with real character. It’s such a nice little book to dip into. Another more detailed book on breeds is Poultry For Anyone by Victoria Roberts. Full of beautiful photographs, it covers the history, characteristics and special requirements for common and some less common breeds, and it includes a guide to the number of eggs produced by each breed too.

Finally, a couple of coffee table books on hens. The Big Book of Garden Hens, by Francine Raymond, is a stunningly beautiful book. It is a hardback and a real pleasure to browse as it is full of gorgeous photographs and line illustrations, and it is set out as a month by month guide to keeping hens. Each month has a delicious recipe and features a couple of different chicken breeds too. For a light hearted look at keeping chickens, Martin Gurdon’s Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance is a collection of stories and practical information about chickens, from the tale of Mike the Headless Chicken to what to do with Egg bound hens. An entertaining read from cover to cover.......Happy reading!
Barbara is always on hand to answer your questions about chickens - just pop her an email to

Saturday, November 29, 2008

News from Andy the Chicken Whisperer

Chicken Scratch
Issue #3
November 26, 2008

Well, it's Wednesday again and time for me to put together another newsletter. I guess the biggest news this week is the number of new members that have joined. We are currently up to 107 members! Like I said in the last newsletter there is power in numbers. We are close to having the largest pet chicken meetup group in the United States! At our current growth rate we may be the largest by the end of the year!

A camera crew from HD News out of New York spent a couple of hours filming at our home in Alpharetta. They saw the story on CBS, and wanted to run their own story on "Chickens In The City". It will not air on any local news stations, but will air on news stations in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. It will also air on the internet. As soon as I get the DVD of the story I will put it on our website. CNN had to reschedule because of a delay on the story they were currently working on, but may be out as early as next week. I will keep you all posted.

You may have seen the posting on our message board regarding the
50 fancy hens up for adoption. Andrew (Assistant Organizer) and myself volunteered to take them all, but it's a very complicated situation, and may not pan out. If it does pan out we will post whatever birds we have available on our website.

The Chicken Classifieds section on the message board is really working out great! I will start deleting old ads next week to keep the section short and current, but feel free to re-post if you need to.

Our next monthly meeting will be on Monday, December 15th. This will not only be our last meeting of the year, but our Christmas Party as well. I'm asking that all who are able bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Toys for Tots program. I will deliver them the day after our meeting. Please make sure to RSVP as soon as you know you can come. I've noticed that members seem to RSVP better when they see other members RSVP. I hope to see all 107 of you there! Please remember that if we have 15 to 20 members at the December meeting I will schedule the January meeting closer into town for the other members that claim they can't make it to Alpharetta. If we have a poor turn out at the January meeting I will have no choice but to permanently have the meetings in Alpharetta where we have the best attendance. We had just under 40 members attend the last meeting in Alpharetta! Three members drove over an hour from Douglasville! One drove from Canton, and another from Waleska! Now that's dedication! Thank you to all that come to our monthly meetings!

Well, I guess that's about it! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and until next time remember...

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on!

--Andy (Chicken Whisperer)

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Randy Gazaway Sells Chickens

I bought my very first four girls from Randy Gazaway out in the middle of nowhere, in a big barn with hundreds of them and he picked two Rhode Island Reds, one Buff Orpington, and one Black & White out for me.  I couldn't tell which pullets were girls and which would turn into roosters.  Randy got it perfect.  His number is 770.889.6691, it's been about four years since I called.

I think I got his name from a guy named David Williams who used to be the chicken farmer at the big huge chicken house farm up on Mountain Road (near Freemanville).  I stopped to talk to him one day when I saw a bunch of folks taking care of the grounds and I asked for the Chicken Guru.  I think the man almost fell off his tractor.  Anyway, when he directed me to David, I explained my City Gone Country attitude and my desire to learn everything I could about raising chickens now that I got to live here.

Did you know that there are 20,000 chicks in each of the four chicken houses.  And they come 80,000 at a time delivered and divided in the houses and then hang out for only seven weeks at which time they go back out to never never land.  They take a week off and then it starts all over again.  My girls and I got a tour once of the chicken houses.  Let's just say it was An Experience.

David and I kept in touch a couple of years before the farm was sold to the new owners who I absolutely adore for not tearing the place down for a new subdivision.  Mountain Road is one of the last remaining "almost original" roads.  If only it were still dirt and not paved.  Wow, that would be something.

So back to getting by chicks from Randy:  I took my laundry hamper with a lid and a bungee cord and snapped it closed and off we went down the road, their first road trip, to their new Home Sweet Home.

This backyard chicken business is easy. Ya just have to do it.  It's a lot easier than you think.  

And it is sooo very...

Buy Chicken Coops

The Garden Within at The Broadwell Cottage is selling Chicken Coops!!

Why DID that chicken cross the road?

This joke is so perfect for the times...

BARACK OBAMA: The chicken crossed the road because it was time for a change! The chicken wanted change!

JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure - right from Day One! - that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me.

GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not. The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun?

COLIN POWELL: & nbsp; Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. What is your definition of chicken?

JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a car so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

DR. SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL: Because the chicken was gay! Can't you people see the plain truth? That's why they call it the 'other side.' Yes, my friends, that chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay, too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like 'the other side.' That chicken should not be crossing the road. It's as plain and as simple as that.

GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish its lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS: How did I miss one?

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

New Chicken Project

I need more chickens.  Lots of people I know are now interested in backyard chickens.  It sure is a fun addition to plain ole gardening.

All of my chickens are kaput now.  I had over twenty total over the last four or five years.

I think I will begin this new community outreach chicken project by raising my own chicks.  I'll go to the Elementary School tomorrow and see if I can borrow the incubator.  Then I'll go find someone with fertilized eggs and grab a few.

I'll let you know what happens....Later.