Classes and Events.
Chickens 101 for Edmonton and area will be back in 2024!
Built on 15 years of experience in public outreach and education in the field of urban hens, “Chickens 101” provides an informative and interactive look into the practical aspects of keeping your own backyard flock, and is uniquely tailored to the challenges of raising hens in a cold climate, urban setting. River City Chicken’s instructors are experienced urban hen keepers and include a University of Alberta scientist and a veterinarian experienced in poultry medicine and disease control. Topics include coop design and requirements; feeding and general care; winter needs and concerns; breed selection, buying hens, and flock introductions; predator and vermin prevention; waste management; disease recognition and control; end of life options; and biosecurity. Certificates of attendance will be provided to registered participants.
Chickens 101 is approved by the municipalities of Edmonton, Calgary, St. Albert, Airdrie, Leduc, Legal, Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray, Innisfail, and Coalhurst.
Please see your municipality for their specific requirements:
St. Albert: https://stalbert.ca/city/approvals/backyard-hens/
Grande: Prairie: https://www.cityofgp.com/city-services/animals-pets
Fort McMurray: Backyard hens pilot project
Chickens 201: October 4, 2023. By popular request, we put together a class for people who have taken Chickens 101 and who would like further discussion of advanced topics. The instructors will build on topics covered in Chickens 101, taking an in-depth look at some urban coop designs, using video tours of Edmonton coops. They will also cover such topics as handling and husbandry of backyard hens, and general health care, including wing, nail and beak care. Previous participation in Chickens 101, or some hen-keeping knowledge, is recommended.
NOTE: Chickens 201 is neither required, nor approved, to obtain a hen license. No certificate of attendance will be provided. Registration is available here.
Past Classes and Events.
Resilience Festival: We enjoyed sharing our interest in urban hens at our 2018 Resiliance Festival info booth. www.edmontonresiliencefestival.com/
Seedy Sunday: Jocelyn Manning Fox speaks! Jocelyn is a volunteer member of River City Chickens Collective. She has collaborated with bylaw staff at the City of Edmonton to create guidelines for permitting hens within the city, and was a participant the urban chicken pilot project. She is going to tell us about the positive roles chickens play in urban communities and what it takes to raise chickens in your own backyard.
Eat Alberta: River City Chickens was invited to speak about backyard chickens at the 4th annual Eat Alberta conference, on April 26th. It was a fantastic event! http://www.eatalberta.ca/