New for 2018 - Hands-on workshops!!!
COOP CAMP SCHEDULE
April 27-29, 2018
FRIDAY NIGHT APRIL 27th
1 Optional Workshop
6:30pm – 7:00pm CHECK-IN
Pick up goodie bags and any workshop/meal tickets you have purchased
7:00pm – 9:00pm SOCIAL, BEVERAGES AND CHICKEN POOP BINGO
Meet and mingle with your fellow chicken keepers and presenters. Rack up some prizes playing Chicken Poop Bingo to benefit Coops for Troops.
7:30pm OPTIONAL GOATS’ MILK LOTION WORKSHOP with Erica Hopkins/Twin Willows Farm
Erica, my goat coach, teaches us how to make our own Goats Milk Lotion. Learn the benefits, talk goats and take home TWO bottles of lotion with your own custom scents.
$15 materials fee
SATURDAY APRIL 28th
2 Optional Workshops
8:00am – 8:45am COFFEE AND OPTIONAL HANDS ON PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP
BETTER FLOCK PHOTOS with Reid Sprenkel /Coop Dreams
Join Reid, Coop Dreams photographer/videographer, for a photo safari filled with tips and techniques guaranteed to help you capture great photos of those fluffy butts. Bring your phone or SLR camera.
Workshop Cost: Free
9 :00am CHICKEN JEOPARDY with Twain Lockhart/Nutrena
Test your chicken knowledge and win prizes in this fun session with the walking chicken encyclopedia –Twain Lockhart.
9:50am POULTRY POTPOURRI: EVERYTHING YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT POULTRY HEALTH BUT WERE AFRAID TO ASK!
with Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD /Purdue University
Review the primary diseases of small flock poultry with renowned poultry vet Dr. Patricia Wakenell. Discussion includes clinical signs of diseases, practical solutions, when to call in the vet and how to prevent reoccurrence.
11:00am NATURAL CHICKEN KEEPING with Rachael Porter/The Porter Farms
An avid gardener and chicken keeper, Rachael is well known on Instagram and around Indianapolis for her love of chickens, art and growing good things in the dirt. Come learn from Rachael which natural chicken-keeping practices will give the best bang for your buck and your time.
11:50am – 12:30pm FOWL PLAY: CHICKEN ENRICHMENT with Two Creative Chicks
Gather creative Ideas and strategies from the experts in chicken enrichment! Learn how to create a stimulating environment for your flock… and why it’s important.
12:45pm – 1:40pm OPTIONAL LUNCH AND BEESWAX LIP BALM MAKE ‘N TAKE WORKSHOP with Brian Drebber/Drebbieville Hives
Join Brian, my bee coach, for a fun workshop on how to make your own lip balm from real beeswax… then take yours home! While you work, chat about any questions you have regarding bees and beekeeping. Brain has both chickens and bees and can dispel any myths regarding keeping both at the same time.
Workshop Cost: $15 materials fee
Lunch: Bring your own or we’ll have lunch for purchase from a local establishment.
1:40pm – 2:00pm WORKSHOP PARTICIPANT STRETCH: Stretch your legs with a quick walk around the park or through downtown Zionsville.
12:30pm -2:00pm LEISURELY LUNCH in Zionsville: If you’re not joining the beeswax lip balm workshop, see Davi or Reid for some local recommendations about where to eat, shop or stroll.
2:00pm BIOSECURITY INTERACTIVE POP QUIZ with Brigid McCrea, PhD/Auburn University
We’re giving you plenty of time to study up for this quiz! Using a fun and interactive format, Dr. McCrae will take us through the ins and outs of proper biosecurity and the steps you can take at home to keep your flock healthy and safe. Learn from and enjoy her vast knowledge base and accessible presentation style.
3:00pm CHICKEN NUTRITION with Jillian D’Aquino/New Country Organics
Ever wonder how the breakdown of feed occurs in poultry digestion or the benefits of feeding organically? Come join the discussion. We’ll walk through New Country Organics’ Poultry Feed ingredients to learn the benefits of whole grains, micronutrients, probiotics, and more. Bring your nutrition questions for an open discussion during and after the presentation.
4:15pm THE AVIAN NECROPSY: HOW TO BE A GOOD SLEUTH with Patricia Wakenell, DVM, PhD/Purdue University
Join Dr. Wakenell for a step-by-step photo journey through the process of avian necropsy (autopsy). See the organs of poultry and other birds and learn the conditions considered during a necropsy. ALSO – learn when and how to submit a bird for necropsy and how to interpret the results you get back.
5:30pm PIZZA AND ASK ‘EM ANYTHING PANEL DISCUSSION sponsored by DONATOS
Join us for pizza and a lively panel discussion with all our speakers (schedules permitting). One of our most popular sessions, this is your chance to ask follow-up questions or bring up additional topics for group discussion.
No charge thanks to the generosity of our friends at Donatos.
6:30pm – 8:30pm CAMP SOCIAL AND CHICKEN POOP BINGO BENEFITING COOPS FOR TROOPS
Join us for social hour and Chicken Poop Bingo… a wonderful way to wind down and discuss the day with Campers and presenters.
SUNDAY APRIL 29th
1 Optional Workshop
8:45am BREED SELECTION with Twain Lockhart/Nutrena
What do YOU and your family want from your chicken-keeping experience? Matching the right breed with the right family … is critical to enjoying your flock. Here’s a list of things to think about and breeds that work for different climates, personalities and activity levels.
9:45am SO YOU WANT TO KEEP HOUSE CHICKENS with Michelle Geiss/A Coven of Cackling Hens
Whether you brood chicks in the house, have special needs chickens, are treating a sick chicken or are just plain nuts and love having your feathered babies close… Michelle will share precautions needed to protect yourself AND your chickens. Topics include feeding, housing, enrichment, and POOP! Tips, tricks and real life knowledge so everyone can live in perfect harmony.
10:45am COMMON MITES AND LICE with Brigid McCrea, PhD/Auburn University
The lowdown on those tiny parasites … and the problems they cause in the flock. Learn where they hide, how to tell them apart, how to treat and prevent them. Go home with your very own Mites and Lice Fact Sheet for reference.
12:00pm – 1:30pm OPTIONAL LUNCH AND LEARN
MAKE ‘N TAKE: A HEALTHIER FLOCK FUN BLOCK AND YOUR OWN TREAT DISPENSER WORKSHOP with Sei-Hee and Shannon Myers/Two Creative Chicks
Come join The Two Creative Chicks, experts in chicken enrichment, for this fun workshop. (You’ve seen their chickens on America’s Got Talent and The Puppy Bowl!) Learn from Sei-Hee as she demonstrates how to make a homemade treat dispenser for your run. Then Shannon shows you how to make, bake and install your own healthier version of a commercial flock block. We’ll send you home with the recipe, your own suet cage and all the dry ingredients needed to make your own block at home. BONUS: The Two Creative Chicks will draw names at the end of the workshop. Seven lucky workshop attendees will go home with either the treat dispenser or the flock blocks made in the demonstration.
Materials fee: $15
Lunch: Bring your own lunch or we’ll have good eats from a local source for purchase.
12:00pm – 1:30 pm Leisurely lunch for those not participating in the workshop.
1:30pm REPRODUCTIVE TRACT OF THE CHICKEN with Brigid McCrea PhD/Auburn University
Get up close and personal withthe ins and outs of egg production, as we learn the mysteries of the chicken reproductive tract and how those eggs are really made!
2:10pm CREATING A THERAPY CHICKEN PROGRAM (WITHOUT NEEDING THERAPY YOURSELF) with Gwenne Baile
Have you ever felt the call to share the power of chickens to benefit others? Join Gwenne as she shows us how to start a chicken therapy program from scratch. Gwenne and her therapy chickens, Rosebud and Blossom, bring love and comfort to classrooms, libraries, nursing homes, hospitals and more. Gwenne also teaches popular chicken keeping classes and serves as a consultant to municipal residents who want to legalize chicken keeping in their city.
3:00pm – 3:15pm BREAK
3:15pm TOP 10 MISTAKES CHICKEN-KEEPERS MAKE with Andrew Brake/Nap Town Chickens
Andrew Brake, Lord of the Chickens, is a coop maker and chicken consultant in Indiana. As a consultant, he sees (and helps fix) all the mistakes that chicken keepers typically make. Check your approach against Andrew’s Top 10 List and learn how to fix any issues you may be creating for you and your flock.
4:15pm – 5:00pm SPEAKER PANEL DISCUSSION
A final opportunity for questions and discussion with our panel.