The Backyard Chicken Program


A Fun and Educational Program for Kids from 6 to 96!

The idea for the program began with a mother (instructor Alexis Carmicheal) who raised chickens, a daughter who took a baby chick to school for show and tell, and a classroom of children who all thought eggs came from grocery stores.

The Backyard Chicken Program (formerly Adopt-a-Chicken program) is a fun and educational way to help children and their families experience farming life – and chickens – in a very unique way.

Though the program doesn’t begin officially until June, the chicks arrive in late March and are introduced to everyone during  the annual Chicken Run hosted by the farm. 

Families and adults paticipating in the program not only will get to spend quality time with the chickens, but they will also: 

  • – Learn basic chicken anatomy and responsibility for caring for the chickens,
  • – Why chickens are an important part of our lives,
  • – Guess when the first egg will be laid,
  • – Identify how chickens are the same and different from each other, and
  • – Explore the farm collecting treats for the chickens, and for yourselves too!

Each class will be a variety of instruction, craft or project, exploring and learning about the farm, and hands-on interactions with the chickens.

The chickens themselves vary from year to year. Some have had poofy tops that look like the old-fashoned pill box hats from the sixties, others have had feathers covering their legs and feet, and still others have grown up with no feathers on their necks at all!

It’s always a lot of fun to watch the chicks grow and change from week to week.  

Plus – there’s more to do at the farm including picking what’s in season, or simply taking a few minutes to sit and relax while the kids have a great time running around. 

The cost of the Backyard Chicken Program is a nominal, one-time donation of $40/per chicken which covers the cost of the chickens, their care and feeding, as well as the lessons and other activities. 

You may sign-up for 1 chicken per family or one chicken per person. 

The Backyard Chicken Program takes place on alternating Wednesdays from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Classes take place on June 13, June 27, July 11, July 25, August 8, August 22, September 5, and September 19

All classes are in The Big Yellow Barn at the Historic Strong Family Farm, 274 West Street, Vernon, CT

Registration for the 2018 progam is open now! There are a limited number of chickens available so sign-up early!

Download a copy of the registration form by clicking this link:  Backyard Chicken Info and Registration Form for 2018

For more information contact us at  

Note: The Backyard Chicken Progarm is a single season activity with new chickens arriving each year. We say goodbye to the chickens ar the annual Harvest Festival which occurs on October 20, 2018. At this time, the chickens go to their new home at Driggs Farm here in Vernon. 

Nancy Strong Picking Up the Chicks at the Post Office, and Making Sure They’re All Okay!

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