Backyard Chicken Workshop at Garfield Farm Museum
HILLS, IL On
Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm, Garfield Farm Museum will
host an session on raising a small flock of backyard
chickens. The workshop will serve as a basic
introduction to starting your own flock. Special
Projects Manager and director of the chicken breeding
program Dave Bauer and museum volunteer Samira
Bamberger, will provide instruction. During the workshop
attendees will learn about chicken care, breed
selection, incubation choices, and more. The lecture
will also cover a brief history of chickens, egg
collection, and hands-on participation to learn how to
handle birds. There is an $6 donation for the class.
Reservations are preferred and can be made by contacting
the museum at (630) 584-8485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The museum established a conservation flock for the Black Java chicken in 1996 and has been partnering with the Museum of Science and Industry of Chicago to help preserve this valuable genetic resource. It is the second oldest breed of American chicken with its origin going back to the 1830s. It is thus an appropriate breed for the 1840s setting of Garfield Farm Museum. The oldest breed, the Dominique was crossed with the Black Java to develop the Plymouth Barred Rock. From this was derived the White Rock which today is crossed with Cornish chickens to produce the fast growing, meat producing White Rock Cornish Cross found in stores today.
Participants should dress for the weather as after the class there will be an outdoor session. Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off of Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Garfield Farm is a former historically intact 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored as a working 1840s farm.