Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Chicks on the Loose

Apr 1st, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

 

Chicks on the Loose is a one-of-a-kind event where we will teach you the A-Z’s of backyard chickens + owning your own small flock.

Join us on Sat. April 1, 2023 from 10AM – 3 PM to experience fun for all ages with hands-on education, demos, crafts, and even a meet-and-greet with chicks + chickens. All activities are FREE to the public; no RSVP required. Even if you aren’t in the market and are just interested in learning more–all are welcome and we’d love for you to come and join us!

Activities will vary by location. Please see below for the itinerary for your preferred Homestead Gardens retail location.

Davidsonville, MD retail location | 10 AM – 3 PM unless otherwise noted

  1. Face painting and kids’ crafts with the Southern Highschool Art Department (crafts end at noon).
  2. Gardening with Chickens – Educational Lecture with Heather Wheatley, CPA, CBLP, Education Director at Homestead Gardens. Learn which plants are best, how to utilize chickens for pest management, how to protect your garden from the chickens, plants that need to be avoided,  the amount of space needed, and more. (10-11 AM in the South Courtyard Tent)
  3. Nutritional Advice from Purina’s Barb Goss – “Be Flockstrong with Purina.” Tips for raising healthy birds and understanding the factors that promote or affect egg production. (1 -2 PM)
  4. Opportunities to learn more about Wagging Tails Studios’ hand-painted eggs and products from Purina and Lucerne Farms Koop Clean & Backyard Chicken
  5. Catch up with members from the 4H Club of Harwood to meet some of their chickens, answer questions and learn more about the program
  6. Preview the chicken coops available to purchase at Homestead Gardens
  7. In-store savings on Koop Clean ($4 off), Backyard Healthy Flock Tabs ($3 off), Purina Start and Grow Premium feeds 5lbs or 50lbs ($2 off)

Severna Park, MD retail location | 10 AM – 3 PM unless otherwise noted

  1. Kids’ crafts (crafts end at noon).
  2. Gardening with Chickens – Educational Lecture. Learn which plants are best, how to utilize chickens for pest management, how to protect your garden from the chickens, plants that need to be avoided,  the amount of space needed, and more. (1:30 – 2:30 PM)
  3. Opportunities to learn more about products from Purina and Lucerne Farms Koop Clean & Backyard Chicken
  4. In-store savings on Koop Clean ($4 off), Backyard Healthy Flock Tabs ($3 off), Purina Start and Grow Premium feeds 5lbs or 50lbs ($2 off)

Smyrna, DE retail location | 10 AM – 3 PM unless otherwise noted

  1. Kids’ crafts (crafts end at noon).
  2. New Chicken Ownership 101 lecture. If you want to learn more about chicken ownership before committing, or if you are just curious about what it might be like to own a backyard flock, join us in a discussion to learn more about raising chicks and chickens. (10:30 – 11:30 AM).
  3. Advanced Chicken Ownership lecture. For those who have experience with owning a flock but have more specific questions regarding the health + success of the flock. (2 – 3 PM).
  4. Opportunities to learn more about products from Purina and Lucerne Farms Koop Clean & Backyard Chicken
  5. In-store savings on Koop Clean ($4 off), Backyard Healthy Flock Tabs ($3 off), Purina Start and Grow Premium feeds 5lbs or 50lbs ($2 off)

My Chick and Me Photo Contest 2023. To celebrate our Chicks on the Loose event and the Spring Chick season, we’re having some fun with a photo contest. All you have to do is submit a photo of you with a member of your family’s flock: chick, chicken, duck, or goose for your chance to win. To submit, please share the names of those in the photo via direct message to Homestead Gardens’ Facebook page.

1st place prize – Homestead Gardens Farm & Pet basket valued at $100
2nd place prize – Homestead Gardens Farm & Pet basket valued at $75
People’s Choice – Farm & Pet basket valued at $50

Limited to MD + DE residents only. 1st and 2nd place winners will be determined by the greatest number of combined likes on each picture submitted through Facebook. Prize pick-up will be arranged with each winner.

Please submit your photo through Facebook as mentioned above between March 18 and March 26th. Votes will be collected through March 30th.