More to come later– we are too busy playing with our chickens to blog!



Sponsoring a Chicken

In order to cover our costs for these chickens and make this a sustainable service learning project, our group made an informational video about sponsoring a chicken.  Check it out!

We Have a Coop!

You know that phrase about how it takes a village to raise a child? Apparently, it takes a town to move a chicken coop!  On Sunday, we finally managed to move the chicken coop (donated by a wonderful Winch parent), and it was quite a process.  With the help of nine students, a flatbed trailer, some PVC pipes, and a few members of the Winchendon police force, we moved the chicken coop to its new resting place on campus.

5 Days until C-Day (Chicken Day!)

Finally, after months of preparation, we almost have our chickens!  Next Tuesday, we will be receiving 6 Black Australourpes and 6 Barred Rocks from a wonderful farm in Marlborough NH.  Once these chickens are fully grown, they’ll look something like this:

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We have so much to do in the meantime! We’re getting the coop (donated by a Winch family that we are eternally grateful for) on Friday night, buying all of the supplies on Saturday, and setting everything up on Sunday.  Since none of us have any experience with chickens, we’ve relied on local experts and online websites to guide our ways.  I must admit– I may have become more obsessed with these chickens than any of my students.  I spent about 4 hours last night reading up on how to best keep predators out of the coop, which is by far my biggest fear.

However, with the chickens arriving ever so soon, it’s time to stop worrying and start working.  Our group is fabulously motivated to get the hens’ home ready before they arrive, so hopefully this excitement lasts for the rest of the school year!

-Ms. Henkins