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ORGANIC TALK – Backyard Chickens

November 7, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm



FREE Event.

Join us for discussion, questions and answers with  Ishmael Van De Griend from The Organic Fine Food Company.



When making the decision to get your own flock of hens going in the backyard, there are a few principles and ideas that should be considered and carefully thought through to ensure good production and health in your chickens.   

  • Breed
    • Selecting the right breed of chicken based on your requirements and expectations
  • Where to start?
    • Deciding whether to raise chicks or purchase ready to lay hens
  • Housing
    • Coop design and space requirements 
  • Nesting
    • Picking the right style nesting box 
  • Nutrition and health
    • Nutritional requirements, diet supplements and health
  • Food and water
    • Feeding and watering systems
  • Seasons
    • Lighting systems to ensure lay throughout winter periods

An understanding of these concepts will ensure that your chickens are raised in an environment that promotes health and within a system that is easy to manage. 

Speaker: Ishmael Van De Griend

Originally from California, Ishmael migrated with his family to the Southwest of WA in 2014. Since then, he has been heavily involved in a regenerative organic farming operation on their property just outside Bridgetown known as The Organic Fine Food Company.

For the last 6 years, one of Ishmael’s main responsibilities has been to cooperatively manage and maintain The Organic Fine Food Company’s flock of over 2000 Hy-Line and Bonds Black laying hens. Each group of chickens is raised with certified organic standards from day-old chicks to the end of their laying cycles.

Ishmael’s large-scale experience relating to raising poultry in a regenerative and organic system on his family’s farm is something that easily translates to the topic of raising chickens in an urban or backyard environment.

Register FREE here.


November 7, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm