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PHOTO GALLERY: Workshops to provide new perspectives on urban hens

Thursday, August 12, 2010 | 6:37 p.m. CDT; updated 10:36 a.m. CDT, Friday, August 13, 2010
Suzette, a New Hampshire Red hen, perches in the chicken coop before taking her afternoon stroll on Wednesday. The Sims use a deep litter method for their coop, basically turning the coop floor into a compost pile.

The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture plans to hold workshops in August and September to teach residents how to process chickens they've raised in their backyards — something the City Council has allowed since February, when it passed an ordinance permitting urban hens.

Click here to read more about urban chickens in Columbia.

If you attend the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture's chicken processing workshop on Aug. 21, one of these chickens could be an honored guest at your first tailgate.
The Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture is raising these chickens for their first chicken processing workshop, which is scheduled for Aug. 21. CCUA board member Billy Polansky built the movable chicken tractor for the group's garden site at Smith and Fay streets.
The Sims' chickens enjoy a lunchtime snack on Wednesday. In the 18 months they've had chickens, they have spent between $30-$50 on feed for the birds. They feed them food scraps and also let the birds scavenge for bugs and weeds in their backyard. They used an old light fixture as a feeding trough.
Hannah Sims lets Florentine go after a brief lunchtime caress on Wednesday. Sims comes home at lunch to let the chickens run in the yard each day.
Hannah Sims opens the gate to let her four hens out for the noon hour on Wednesday. Sims and her husband, Mark, made their coop out of a shipping crate.

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