The Chickens’ New Home

Two years ago I was in a course that required “service hours.” There are numerous volunteer opportunities in Missoula and I happened upon an interesting project at the UM FLAT. The FLAT was constructing a predator-secure habitat for their free-range chickens. The project required volunteers who could help build the new chicken run. As a…

Meet Our Lovely Ladies: Frida, Jeannette, Amelia, and Rosa

Have you met the lovely ladies of the FLAT yet? It’s hard to believe how much they’ve grown since we first brought them home from Clark Fork Organics in April. They’ve turned out to be well-behaved teenagers. Find out more about our stars (named after famous deceased women) by reading the following bios. We’ve now hung…

Cheep cheep! (A chicken update.)

  This past Sunday, some of the FLATmates drove out to Clark Fork Organics, where our new chicks are being raised. It’s pretty normal for chicks to suddenly die in the first few weeks, but all ten of ours are still alive and well!     Well, all except for one. Apparently she’s got some digestive…

Something to Brood About

As some of you may know, the passing of Chairman Mao (one of our beautiful hens) at the end of January reduced our flock to one stoic chicken (the mysterious Black Magic Woman).  While her health and happiness are still a top concern, our focus turns to the future of our backyard chicken demonstration.  With…

SPRING FLATTERY

We’re back! Yes, ladies and gents, despite the climate’s admirable efforts to prematurely return us to the nutrient cycle, your favorite FLAT mates (and Peter) have successfully returned to live at their appropriately technological forum.  We missed you, too!  And we are uncharacteristically excited to get going on the events and projects we have planned…

University Residents Charged with Human Rights Violation

MISSOULA – In a surprise turn of events, long-time sustainability advocates and residents of the UM COOP were detained by campus police this weekend on charges of “violating basic human rights,” reported local officials.  COOP residents have claimed no knowledge of any violations and have demanded immediate release. Police claim that the call came from a neighbor…