Scratching the surface of backyard chicken raising

Raising backyard chickens has become increasingly popular with the expanded awareness of the importance of locally and sustainably grown and produced food.

Experienced chicken keeper Bil Mikulewicz will demystify the project in his talk “Backyard Chickens or One Man’s Journey With A Bunch Of Dumb Clucks” on Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m. at the Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Road, Wilton.

Admission is free. Parking is available in the Grange lot and across the street at the Cannondale railroad station and village.

Mr. Mikulewicz will share his knowledge about keeping hens, providing insights on raising these “fascinating and occasionally frustrating creatures” and guidance on selecting breeds and ordering, housing and feeding as well as spending do’s and don’ts.

He will also relate bits of history and humor about chickens, including the story of Captain Kangaroo and the Chinese Dancing Chicken.

This program is sponsored by the Cannon Grange No. 152 of Wilton and The Discovery Center at Ridgefield, Conn. The grange offers activities, educational programs and fellowship for families, youth and adults. The Discovery Center fosters a love of nature, an interest in science and an appreciation of history and the cultural arts.

Information:, 203-762-1900 or, 203-438-1063.