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How great would it be to have a steady source of eggs from your own backyard? 80 years ago just about everyone had a small flock of chickens. What you may not expect is how much pleasure and entertainment you’ll receive for keeping these fascinating creatures. Recent scientific studies and reviews confirm that chickens possess abilities far beyond those of a mere “bird brain”. These include various modes of communication including language, decision making, complex social structures and other cognitive abilities.

Join chicken whisperer, Leslie Watkins of Dandelion Cottage for an introduction into the fascinating world of backyard chickens and learn what you’ll need to begin to maintain a happy flock. You may find yourself falling head over heels in love with keeping chickens… that’s what happened to Leslie about 15 years ago. Initially interested in tick control and life in her gardens. Starting from scratch, she mail ordered a box of chicks and has never regretted it. Watkins discusses what’s required to raise and keep chickens… and to keep them healthy and safe. Live chickens will be present to answer questions.

Leslie Watkins is a fine artist specializing in watercolors, oils, and various forms of papercrafting. She offers monthly on-line art classes and when possible in-person workshops. She can be found at dandelioncottagedesign.com. She also owns dandeliongardeningarts.com a full service gardening design and maintenance company.