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Magic City Hen Expo 2013 Cancelled

Magic City Hens 501(c) nonprofit regretfully announced this week that the 2013 Hen Expo has been cancelled, due to the lack of an Events Coordinator. For more information see their Facebook page or blog at


The Time is NOW!!

OK Billings, the city website just posted Monday’s City Council agenda – and the first public reading/comment period for urban hens is on the top of the agenda. We need you and your resident pro-hen friends to BE THERE!!!

6:30PM Monday 7/23/12

City Council Chambers

220 North 27th Street, 2nd floor

We know that it takes time out of your schedule to come downtown on a Monday evening… the Council members understand what a commitment it requires for people to show up. That’s why your presence COUNTS! We can’t let a few people speak for the entire hen-loving community, because the council needs to hear that those who have been there so far are but a small percentage of those of you who call, email, catch us at baseball games, at Vacation Bible School, at the grocery store, or elsewhere, to ask about the status of the initiative. We know that the opposition will be there Monday night – please, please, won’t you be there too??

Magic City Hens

HENHOUSE Coaching Network

South Central Montana Coaching Clinic

Are you interested in learning how to breed, incubate and grow your own flock of heritage poultry? A growing group of farmers are networking together to develop a Montana Heritage Poultry Coalition. You can join in on the excitement.

We are excited to provide these coaching clinics for education for small local, sustainable poultry farmers throughout Montana. This is the advanced track for those looking to go to the next step of sustainably raising their very own poultry. This will be a gathering of training, coaching and networking.

 Topics Include:

  • Breeding for Preservation: The key to preserving standard bred poultry is to get back to the fundamentals of breeding. There are very few left in North America who are maintaining breeding flocks of chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. In this session you will learn the basics of genetics, breeding and a…

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Got plans for St Paddy’s Day? Join Magic City Hens downtown!

Magic City Hens

Actually, in this context, “Irish Chicken” is not related to a non-corned-beef St Patrick’s Day traditional meal… but it is related to poultry. Sort of.

JOIN US! Saturday, March 17, 2012 is the annual St Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Billings. Magic City Hens will be a walking unit in the parade, passing out treats and good cheer! We will have costumes with a minimal financial involvement 🙂 and some fun, funky chicken music… how fun is that?!

Bring the kids if you’d like, and come on down! Contact TJ at for more information…

And since we tantalized you, here’s an interesting-sounding recipe for “Irish Stout Chicken”:


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Food Day 2011!


Fresh Thoughts on Food in the Magic City


A forum, a film, a foundation for a food secure community


When: Saturday, October 22nd  from 9:00am-3:00pm


Where: Montana State University Billings—UC Ballroom


What: Learn about local food issues, enjoy a local lunch, and learn how you can get involved!


Who: Hosted by the Billings Area Food Policy Council in conjunction with The First Annual National Food Day




Day’s Schedule of Events:


8:15 Registration Opens


9:00 Welcome & Opening Remarks


9:15 Showing of the Film “Fresh”


10:30 Break & Door Prize Giveaway


10:45 Presentations: Montana FoodCorps Members, Canyon Creek School Garden, St. Andrew Community Garden, BackPack Meal Program/Emergency Food, Healthy By Design/Healthy Communities


12:00 Local Lunch Featuring Montana Producers ($5 Suggested Donation – register online at


12:45 Keynote Address, Jessica Williams, Food & Nutrition Service Manager of Livingston Healthcare


 1:45 Door Prize Giveaway


 2:00 Panel Discussion & Audience Interaction. Producers, City Officials, & Neighboring Community Members Discuss Action Steps to Increase Local Food Production & Community Food Security


 3:00 Closing Remarks & Call to Action


Magic City Hens, our 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliate, will be on hand with a booth to pass out information, answer questions, have petitions available for signature, and represent urban henkeeping in Billings. Come see us! (“>


Thoughts for the day

“Life’s challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they’re supposed to help you discover who you are.”
~Bernice Johnson Reagon

“If it is to be, it is up to me.” ~ William H. Johnsen

Have you gotten involved in the urban hen issue?