Spend an exciting and educational day learning about raising chickens. This year, the Chicks in the City Symposium is presented as a partnered event by The Wylde Center and the Atlanta History Center on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 9:30am to 5:00pm.
Itinerary includes an introduction to The Atlanta History Center’s own adventures in urban agriculture, lecture/workshops for beginning and advanced chicken keepers, poultry-related exhibition and vendor offerings, a Virtual Coop Tour, update sessions on state poultry support services and Avian Influenza, and Biosecurity demonstrations. The day concludes with the Grand Finale drinks mixer with light hors d’oeuvres, chicken-themed silent auction, entertaining demonstrations by costumed Atlanta History Center staff and an Easter Egg Hunt.
Come join us at the Atlanta History Center for this amazing day of fun and poultry!
Schedule of Events March 26, 2016 9:30am-5pm
- 09:30am – Sign in, pick up agenda
- 10am: Introduction/Housekeeping
- 10:25am (1st session): The Atlanta History Center Has Chickens? The Smith Family Farm and heritage chickens Sarah Roberts/Brett Bannor, Atlanta History Center
- 11:30am (2nd session): Choose between Chickens 101 (beginners) or Chickens 102 (existing poultry keepers) a: Chickens 101: Getting Started with Chickens – daily care, coop, feed, wellness b: Chickens 102: Now Your Girls Are All Grown Up – molting, broodiness, raising chicks, first aid, alternative food, tools & toys, your aging chicken Justin Miller, Conyers Backyard Poultry Club
- 12:30pm: Lunch and Exhibition Lunch: bring a picnic lunch to eat outside, or pre-purchase a box lunch catered by Souper Jenny. Vegetarian and non vegetarian options available. Exhibition: chicken-related goods and services, including a series of 15 minute presentations from vendors
- 2:00pm (3rd session): Choose between Virtual Atlanta Urban Coop Tour or Chicken Health & Wellness 102 a: Virtual Atlanta Urban Coop Tour 2016 – visuals of local coops big and small, recycled or fancy, followed by owner panel discussing what they did right, and what they might change! b: Advanced class (for existing chicken owners) – Chicken Health and Wellness 102 Dr Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network veterinarian
- 3:00pm (4th session): Sources of Support for Poultry Owners, Avian Influenza Update Dr Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network veterinarian
- 3:30pm: Grand finale: Mixer/Silent Auction/Easter Egg Hunt at the Smith Family Farm Enjoy drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and our famous poultry-themed silent auction, plus hands-on demonstration of biosecurity around chickens and an opportunity to tour the Atlanta History Center’s historic farm.
$50 for Atlanta History Center and Wylde Center members $65 for non-members Members of the Wylde Center and the Atlanta History Center are eligible for the reduced price ticket. Ticket includes one complimentary drink from the bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Additional drinks will be available for purchase during the Grand Finale Mixer. If you’d like to become a member of the Wylde Center please visit www.wyldecenter.org. To become a member of the Atlanta History Center, please visit www.AtlantaHistoryCenter.com
Grand Finale Mixer and Silent Auction
$20 for Atlanta History Center and Wylde Center members $30 for non-members
Master of Ceremonies: Anne-Marie Anderson
Anne-Marie Anderson is well-known in Atlanta chicken circles as chair of the Atlanta Urban Coop Tour and ”ITP” coordinator for the Atlanta Backyard Chicken Meetup Group. She keeps a happy flock of 14 mixed heritage breeds, and has taught chicken classes for the Wylde Center, Homestead Atlanta, DeKalb Extension and the 2015 Georgia Organics Conference. Her Decatur-based business, The Celtic Gardener, specializes in edible landscaping and urban animal husbandry, particularly chickens and bees. Anne-Marie is a Master Gardener and Georgia Certified Landscape Professional, a Certified Beekeeper and Licensed Egg Candler. The Atlanta History Center Has Chickens?: Sarah Roberts/Brett Bannor, Atlanta History Center
Sarah Roberts and Brett Bannor with Atlanta History Center chickens at the Smith Family Farm
Chickens 101: Getting Started with Chickens Chickens 102: Justin Miller, Conyers Backyard Poultry Club Chicken Health and Wellness 102: Dr Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network Veterinary Director (SW Georgia) Poultry Resources/Avian Influenza Update: Dr Doug Anderson, Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network Veterinary Director (SW Georgia)
Grand Finale Mixer and Silent Auction at 3:30pm at Smith Family Farm
Meet the Atlanta History Center’s chickens, turkeys and other animals during our Grand Finale Mixer.
A silent auction and reception will be held at the Smith Family Farm, on the grounds of the Atlanta History Center. Catering will be provided and a live demonstration. If you can’t attend all day, separate tickets for the Grande Finale Mixer only can be purchased HERE. Enjoy one complimentary drink from the bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Additional drinks are available for purchase during the Grand Finale Mixer.
Atlanta History Center
All sessions, including the lunchtime exhibition, will take place in the Atlanta History Center’s McElreath Hall, adjacent to the main parking deck. Parking is plentiful and free. The Grand Finale mixer (3:30-5:00pm) will take place in the grounds of the Smith Family Farm, behind the main History Center building.
Visit our chicken-themed exhibitor and vendor area in the atrium of McElreath Hall to meet local chicken social groups, feed vendors and more. This is a great place to ask questions, sign up for further information, or pick up a few poultry-related souvenirs. Exhibitors include:
- CityChick chicken rentals and online store
- Conyers Backyard Poultry Club
- Atlanta Backyard Poultry Meetup Group
If your business or organization would like to exhibit at this event, vendor fee is $50 and can be purchased HERE.
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