A Must Read for All Star Wars and Chicken Lovers !
by Hillary Jensen
May is an important month for chicken lovers… and Star Wars fans. May 4th marks International Respect for Chickens Day and “May the 4th Be With You” day. Our Giving Garden will also celebrate 2 years of interrupting poverty in our community with our annual fundraiser. We thought we would start this article off by answering 5 of the most common questions we get asked about chickens. The garden’s chickens were all donated in the past year, and we have already donated over 1,500 eggs!
What time of year is best to buy chicks?
February through June is best for the selection of birds. Spring is also the best time to reduce the energy needed to warm them because the weather is milder. All of your supplies and chicks can be purchased from Neighbors Feed & Seed in Smyrna. We recommend getting at least 3 chickens as they are safer and happier in a flock.
Do you need a rooster to get eggs?
NO. Roosters fertilize the eggs and can provide you with baby chicks, but hens lay without roosters.
How many eggs do they lay?
Depending on the breed, hens will lay about 5 eggs per week or about an egg a day.
Are they hard to raise?
No. We have quite a few animals now and the chickens are by far the easiest to raise and they provide breakfast! We have had no problems finding pet sitters like “Pet Sit Girls” to help watch our birds while we are out of town.
How can I learn more about chickens or help with the garden’s chickens?
The garden offers a yearly class on raising chickens through our partnership with Neighbors Feed & Seed. We also have a year round program for chicken care. Volunteers sign up to take care of our chickens as often as they like and can experience the care needed for them, collecting eggs and more. We offer orientation training if people want to learn how to be part of this program.
This brings us to Star Wars. Our Giving Garden will celebrate “May the 4th Be With You” as the theme for our 3rd annual fundraiser. Star Wars fans can dress in themed attire for a chance to win a prize. We will have live music, a DJ, themed cocktails, delicious food from Sabores Cafe, St Angelo’s Pizza and H & F Bread Company, dessert from Henri’s bakery, beer from Scofflaw Brewery and Cider from Urban Tree. Activities will include a chicken race (dark side vs light side, Princess Layer and Kylo Hen), raffle, and silent auction (including a ukulele, kids birthday parties, and a custom garden design piece from Green City Garden Design). The event will be held at the Giving Garden from 6-9pm for ages 21 and over. Tickets are available on Eventbrite for $25 or $30 at the door. Tickets include dinner, a drink, dessert and one raffle ticket.
For more information please visit our website: www.ourgivinggarden.org.
April 1-5: Spring Break Camp
Let your kids experience the ultimate combination of fun and outdoor learning through our Spring Break Garden Camp! We will be learning about all things gardening, with activities that include goats, chickens, pollinators and plant identification. It is still not too late to sign up! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Planting 101. Instructional Work Day 9am-2pm Learn about the basics of planting for a spring and summer garden in this free workshop offered at the garden.
April 19: Good Friday Afternoon Easter Egg Hunt and Chicken Birthday
April 22: Earth Day Workday: 4:00-7pm
May 3: Georgia STEM Day Tour
May 4: May the Fourth Be with You” Star Wars Fundraiser
Hillary Jensen is the owner of Green City Garden Design and Giving Garden Committee Member for Education and Events