Get Crackin' Chicken and Garden Club News

Hello Get Crackin' Families,

We hope you all enjoyed your Fall Break and are staying warm on this very chilly evening.  Ms. Emmeluth, Ms. Dunn and I just wanted to send a quick email to remind you that our second club meeting is this Tuesday, October 16th from 4:00pm to 5:15pm in the SGCE library.  We plan to go outside to observe the chickens, so please be sure that your child is dressed for the weather.  If it gets too cold, we will stay indoors and observe the chickens on another, warmer day.  

Thank you to the Gramling, Boyd and Yingst Families for providing this weeks meeting snack.  
Ms. Emmeluth, Ms. Dunn and Ms. Brost will meet the kids in the library after the bell rings.
The chickens are looking great and enjoying meeting all of the new families who have come out to care for them and are doing their best to remember the kids' faces on return care-taking visits.  Did you know that chickens can remember over 100 faces?! 
If you have not signed up for a care day lately, please try to do so soon.  Remember, all member families are required to signup for Chicken Care at least once a month.  Please write "first time caring for the chickens" in the comment section of the signup and an approximate time that you plan to be at the coop so that Ms. Dunn, Ms. Emmeluth or Ms Brost can meet you at the coop and show you what to do.
Now that the weather has turned cold, brrrrrrrr, Ms. Dunn, Ms. Emmeluth and Ms Brost will be adding the "winterizing" things to the waterers.  Don't be alarmed if you see ping pong balls or small water bottles filled with salt water, or smell vinegar in the waterers.  These things help keep the water in the waterers from freezing solid.  The water will still freeze, but it will not be a giant ice block.
Some ways you can help:
  • bring warm water from home in empty milk jugs - it is easier than lugging the waterers to and from the water spigot in the cold weather.
  • fill the waterers 2/3 full and be sure that the tops are on tight
  • keep one waterer in the feeding tube side of the coop,  one waterer in the nesting box side of the coop, one waterer in the run and one waterer empty (this way there is always at least one waterer that is not frozen to provide water for the chickens)
  • please be sure that the waterers are placed on a waterer boxes and not directly on the coop floor or the ground
  • bring fresh vegys to the chickens when you come to care for them.  The chickens love peas, corn, cut up carrots, torn up kale and water melon rinds and there is lots of water in these vegys.
  • Please check the "do not feed" list before feeding anything to the chickens
Here are the links to signup to help the Get Crackin' Club:
If you have not added your name and contact information to the email list yet, please try to do so today.   We will use this email list to contact Get Crackin' Families throughout the year.  Please also check to see that the phone number that is listed on the email list is a good one to reach you at. The phone numbers are necessary as a safety precaution - in case we need to contact you during or after the monthly meetings.  Thank you for your help!

If you have not signed a permission slip for your child yet, please ask for one at the meeting.   **All members must sign a new permission slip before caring for the chickens or attending club meetings**    Siblings each need their own permission slip :)   
Don't forget that our first Bake Sale of the year is Friday, October 26th.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up to help!  The funds from our bake sales support our chickens.  Bake Sale money buys the feed, treats and shavings for the chickens and the gloves, hand sanitizer and booties for the care-takers.  Spread the word to friends and families.  Every dollar helps!
We look forward to seeing the kids at this Tuesday's meeting.  Please remind your  kids to wear their Get Crackin' t-shirts to school on meeting days.  We will bring some t-shirts to this meeting for anyone who hasn't picked up a t-shirt yet.  
If our child has outgrown their t-shirt, and it is still in good condition, please launder it and bring it to the meeting.   We will set up a table in the hallway at the next meeting to do a t-shirt exchange to "recycle" the club t-shirts.  
See you on Tuesday!
Farmer B, Farmer E and Farmer D (Cheryl, Jaden and Heather)
(Ms. Dunn can be reached by emailing Ms. Brost)