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  Amherst Farmers Supply 2012 Chick Order form – Chick Day is May 10!


The Amherst Bylaw now allows up to 12 hens, click here.



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backyard chicken folks

Thanks to everyone who came to our

Backyard Hens Workshop

David Tepfer and Katie McDermott shared their experience raising hens including information on getting started, housing, feed and health care, chicken biology and anatomy, harvesting eggs, protection from predators, and more.

Here are some of the photos from the workshop!



The workshop was held at Simple Gifts Farm & NACF

 in North Amherst

1089 North Pleasant St. (map)

For a video on raising hens, see: Backyard Chickens

For information contact John M. Gerber at (413)549-6949 or jgerber@psis.umass.edu

Co-Sponsored by:





Simple Gifts CSA



Backyard Hen Resources


Pioneer Valley Backyard Chicken Association


The City Chicken


Simple Hen Houses


Nicer Hen Houses


Raising Hens Video


Description of

how to raise hens



Photos of a

backyard henhouse

in Amherst



A “hen” cartoon