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Rise of the chicken-sitters

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High Five
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Rhonda Piasecki and Sharon Rowland have channeled their love for gardening and chickens into a new business venture called Just Us Hens.

The two Portlanders travel by bicycle to nearby homes that need help caring for their backyard chickens.

Portland has a substantial urban chicken population but as many owners have discovered, raising and caring for backyard chickens isn’t as easy as one might think. Hens are particular about their nests, fight amongst themselves, become ill, are prey to raccoons and coyotes, and at some point, stop laying eggs.

That’s where Just Us Hens come in. Combined, Rowland and Piasecki are a wealth of chicken care knowledge. They’ve helped develop chicken coop ideas, nursed sick birds, and resolved complex social and roosting issues.

Read more at Neighborhood Notes.


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