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Chicken Workshops



Let me tell you, ‘It’s something special!
Holding that miracle in your hands, sometimes still warm.
Into the morning pan with a splash of golden sun filled with essential health. What a way to start school or work!

In Papa John’s case, it was the mid 60’s as we settled into our Lafayette home with nearby schools of state acclaim. A Diablo Valley College ecology teacher offered his research for building a sustainable chicken palace (coop). I felt the adrenaline rush from deep inside as I momentarily relived my childhood caring for poultry and selling extra eggs to appreciative neighbors. The rest is history, 50+ years later, I still look forward to feeding the chickens in the evening and collecting the eggs.

I’ll bet you have thought at sometime, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be fun to have our own chickens!” Then, questions or doubts arise, and the idea disappears. If you’re reading this article now, then seriously entertain your fantasy once again, and this time, take the next step.

Sign your family up for Papa John’s Workshop: ʻRaise Your Own Chickensʼ. In the last 7 years, 800 folks, including children and young adults, have attended the workshops.

About the Seasons! Spring is the best time to buy week old chicks, because those born between March and May are often more healthy. Recognizing this, Papa John will again offer workshops in March 2019. Following the workshop your family will have 2 months to construct a ‘sustainable’ chicken coop using plans available at http://www.chickenspapajohn.com. Then, in April, you are ready to purchase and enjoy your chicks.

The free workshop covers FAQs, brooding, maintenance of laying hens, construction of the ‘Kiefer sustainable coop' and common problems.


REGISTRATION – 2019 Workshops will be held on March 3 & March 17. Contact Papa John Kiefer: chickenspapajohn@gmail.com

View guide to building a sustainable chicken coop (PDF).

View city ordinance about keeping small farm animals.


Updated: October 2018

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