May 2011 Raising Chickens in Your Back Yard

From Peepers to Egg Laying Hens and Meat Birds

May 2, 7:30pm
Quimper Grange
1219 Corona Street (End of Sheridan)

On Monday May 2nd, Quimper Grange, presents a talk by chicken breeder, Jean Ball, who will share her experience raising chicks, egg laying hens and meat birds including turkeys.  She will cover the basic requirements for raising happy, healthy birds including breed selection, breeding practices, feed and water, housing, health issues, predator control, composting of manure and humane butchering.  Not only will participants learn how to grow their own wholesome local protein, they will acquire an appreciation of the interesting and fun aspects of chicken personalities.  Jean will bring an assortment of her chicks in several different breeds for demonstration and purchase.  Those wishing to buy chicks should bring a small box for transport.  Local carpenter Jeff Stoneman will also be on hand with a sample of his portable chicken houses during the 7pm social hour and after the presentation.

Jean Ball grew up on a farm in Vermont and has nearly always had chickens along with other critters. She raises meat sheep, fruits and vegetables, mushrooms and poultry on her small farm in Chimicum with her husband Ryan.  Jean is a self-described chicken addict who raises several breeds each year and never tires of experimenting with new ones.  Those planning to purchase and having questions about chicks or turkeys may contact Jean year around at

The program starts at 7:30 pm and is preceded by a potluck dessert/fingerfood social half-hour from 7pm to 7:30pm. Suggested donation: $5-$10.  For further information contact: Charlotte Goldman at 385-3455.   Quimper Grange rents space.  Call Jo Yount at 385-0456/774-6618.

What the Tweet?....Grappling with Social Media
Al Bergstein, a 25-year veteran of the computer industry introduced the basics of social media to 40+ people attending his April presentation. With skillful graphics, video, and computer snapshots, Bergstein out-lined for the multi-aged crowd the major basic formats, do’s and don’ts, along with the pros and cons of the current social network options such as Facebook, Blogs, Really Simple Syndication (RSS) Feeds, and Twitter .
He cautioned his listeners that: yes, social media could be likened to the “fast-food” of communication; yes, this media runs the risk of being superficial, but what it lacks in depth, it compensates for by addressing positively such issues as: time/space constraints, physical handicapping conditions, and language barriers; yes, like any tool, it can be either helpful or harmful depending upon the intention of its users, but remember it can always be turned off or one can decide not to become involved; finally, yes, it offers an exciting, dynamic method of broadcasting a variety of content such as text, video, graphics, etc with startling immediacy.
Al reminded everyone that the blurring of public and private boundaries can create confusions and embarrassments, that even digitized ephemera exhibit amazing vitality due to the ease of transmission and replication, and that a user should error on the side of caution with due diligence by attending to the privacy standards and amount of private detail available in one’s various accounts. Several audience members offered comments indicating that staying abreast and in sync with the evolving protocols, etiquette, and behavior standards, like soft-ware itself, require at least a minimum amount of attention be paid to constant up-grades. Mr. Bergstein has made his presentation materials available at the link listed at the bottom of this newsletter.  Susan Langlois

Our Historian Says…
Listening to Grange Radio: Then and Now

In the early ‘40s Quimper Grange appointed a committee to listen to Grange Radio programs broadcast on KIRO out of Seattle and report on these programs during Literary Hour. Literary Hour was an important part of Quimper Grange meetings giving members practice speaking in public, either reading out loud to others or preparing a report. “ Meet the Grange” was the first program mentioned in our Grange minutes in Jan of ’43.  A month later the appointed radio listener spoke about a skit called “Embattled Farmers”. Our Grange enquired into purchasing the script of this program perhaps for performing it at a meeting. Other topics of radio shows were the fight for public power, Grand Coulee Dam and Chemurgy (a branch of chemistry developing products other than food or fiber from agricultural materials). In the past Washington State Grange has produced radio shows that were scripted commentary as well as ones with an interview format but these programs are no longer broadcast, instead the only way to hear what the Washington State Grange is broadcasting is by visiting the Grange News website to listen to the minute long clips that are aired only online or on one of six religious radio stations in eastern Washington.  Marla Streator 

A Special Benefit for Members and Friends of Quimper Grange
Over the past 2 years we have worked toward developing programs and workshops that reflect the interests of our growing community.
To that end we have expanded our present programming by offering one evening of the month free of charge to Members or Friends of Quimper Grange to present a program of their choice.  Any Member or Friend willing to be the event organizer may request an evening during the year by contacting our hall rental manager.

Here are the simple guidelines:

(1) The event needs to be open to the public. The person coordinating the evening is responsible for seeing that the program is presented in a manner that is respectful of others and that is in keeping with the interests of our community.

(2) The event organizer is responsible for publicity. That member is welcome to submit a brief paragraph and photo for publication in the Quimper Grange newsletter which is due the 2nd Wed. of the previous month if there are 4 Weds that month or the 3rd Wed of the previous month if there are 5 Weds. The Quimper Grange Newsletter is not the only or best way to advertise your program.  You may want to do more to assure your success.  Upon request we will provide a copy of the same publicity list that Quimper Grange uses to advertise its programs.
(3) Donations may be applied to expenses, after which the balance of funds will go to Quimper Grange to cover the expenses of running the hall.

(4) We have chosen to make available the 3rd Monday of each month for your event in an effort to keep other days of the week open for classes that happen weekly. Sometimes this is negotiable.

Examples of recent member sponsored events:  “Absolutely Knot” a class on knot tying for the garden, “Seed Varieties for our Local Gardens” a seed selection class with Tinker Cavalero and Tessa Gowans,  “The Last Beekeeper”, a film about Colony Collapse Disorder.  Remember it doesn’t have to be about gardening/animal husbandry; it can be arts and culture oriented or other areas of interest.

We encourage you to take advantage of our free Grange event night. You may contact our hall rental manager, Jo Yount at 385-0456 or by e-mail: Or any Grange Committee member to present your idea.