Monday, February 22, 2010

late Winter, checking in

Hi folks!

If the warm sun and longer days have you thinking about starting your own flock of hens, then consider signing up for the CLUCK list-serv. There you can query other local chicken-keepers, jump into the fun of organizing our first ever city coop tour, and generally stay in the know about all things chicken-related in Charlottesville. To sign up, simply email

Also, in case you missed it, check out Erika Howsare's great piece in this week's C-ville about the joys of fresh eggs and community-supported chicken coops.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

CLUCK had a phenomenal day on Saturday at the Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello's Montalto. The day could not have been finer, the folks could not have been more friendly, and the venue could not have been more idyllic. The view from Montalto is extraordinary; I kept wondering how many coops lay below us. How many chickens and chicken-keepers dwell in Charlottesville, Albemarle, Nelson and beyond? CLUCK member Becca Covert put together an online map so that CLUCK members could identify where in Charlottesville our poultry friends are located. If you'd like to add your coop, as well as pictures of your birds to the map, click here (sign in with usename 'hensinthehood', password 'CLUCK').

A special thank you to the great folks who helped make the CLUCK table a success: Miriam Tobias, Alice Gore and Aaron Lamb gave of their time and expertise to answer questions and inspire people to go ahead and get chickens! Jason Roberson and Whitney French donated design time and creative energy to the development of CLUCK's visual identity. Jason's logos decorated our display, as well as stickers and magnets. Whitney's gorgeous barred rock hen graced lovely ladies' halter tops and tunics. And, lastly, Dawn Story and Melissa Wiley of the Piedmont Environmental Council generously included CLUCK in the Buy Fresh, Buy Local tent. It was a privilege to be a part of such a successful community event. If you missed it, make sure to come next year!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Wow, no posts since February?!

Hey folks, sorry for the long absence on this blog; but, really, who wants to be stuck in front of a computer updating a blog during the beautiful months of March, April, May, June, July and August? Right?

Well, the end of summer has me back with a special announcement. A jolly crew of CLUCK members will be hanging out at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival this year, ready and waiting for your chicken-related questions, stories, jokes, you name it! Come on out for an inspiring day of workshops, tastings, and a celebration of the bounty and abundance of this special time of year. Saturday, September 12, from 8am-4pm atop Montalto at Monticello.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CLUCK's first open meeting!

The Charlottesville League of Urban Chicken Keepers (CLUCK) will be hosting its first open meeting for folks who have backyard poultry, or are interested in learning about it. Come on out and meet your fellow chicken enthusiasts!

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10, 6 pm
WHERE: Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, Jefferson Conference Room (third floor)
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?: Your enthusiasm for backyard poultry, an interest in meeting other chicken-keepers, ideas for how CLUCK can be a supportive, educational, creative network!

Come on out, and bring a friend. And, though the name implies that CLUCK is exclusively for those of us who live in Charlottesville city limits, we welcome our counterparts in the county as well. See you on the 10th!

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Charlottesville League of Urban Chicken Photographers?

We are grateful to our friend and accomplished photographer Billy Hunt for capturing some images of our chickens this past weekend. Billy is a friend to many local causes and champions DIY initiatives, and offered to help CLUCK with the visual identity of the organization. Thanks Billy! To check out Billy's CLUCK pictures, along with the rest of his incredible portfolio, go to

Sunday, February 22, 2009

We're on Facebook!

If you have a Facebook account, please join the Charlottesville League of Urban Chickens group. There you can befriend other Cville chicken enthusiasts, start discussion of chicken-related questions, and post pictures and videos of your chickens, coops, etc.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Welcome to, the current online home of the Charlottesville League of Urban Chicken Keepers (CLUCK).

We're just getting our network established, so stay tuned for more information and the announcement of our initial meeting. In the meantime, if you're interested in joining this movement, please email your contact information to