Introduction to Urban Hens

  • When: Wed, March 10th at 7pm; Where: Room 2-10 (two dash ten), Agriculture Bldg, MU campus
  • When: Sat, March 20th at 2 pm; Where: Room 2-7 (two dash seven, not two through seven), Agriculture Bldg, MU campus
  • Description: Learn all about the city’s new chicken ordinance, the benefits of raising backyard chickens, how to properly care for your hens, and much more. Suggested donation of $5-20 for all participants. Contact Carrie Hargrove for more information at

Hands On Coop Building

  • WhenSat, March 27, 1pm – 5pm
  • Where:  214 St Joseph Street (map)
  • Description:  There will be discussion on coop design and constructing a coop in the back yard. At the end of the workshop we will auction off the coop. Cost: $5-$20 sliding scale. This donation benefits CCUA’s mission. For more information or to sign up, please e-mail Carrie at

Update 2: Meyer Hatchery  in Ohio has a minimum order of 3 chicks!

Update: Craigslist has lots of chicks/pullets/hens for sale in the farm & garden section.

Nice farm in Mexico, MO that is taking orders (no minimum if picked up or hand delivered)

Our only local feed store is now taking orders for chicks!

Bourn Feed is located just east of Patricia’s Food on the access road.  Alternatively you can take 70 and get off at the Lake of the Woods exit and then head west.  Bourn orders from Cackle Hatchery, so anything you see on their website you can order through Bourn.  This benefits you because the minumum for shipping in the spring is 25 chicks (min 5 per breed) and you won’t have to pay large S&H costs.  By ordering through Bourn you can get as few as 1 or as many as 6 different breeds.

Hurry though, as Melissa told me today that due to higher demands last year Bourn had trouble keeping stocked and it was only because  of Griffith Hatchery (which won’t be open this year) that Bourn was able to keep supplied.

The list of breeds that Bourn has scheduled to arrive on:

March 16th

  • Buff Orpington
  • Barred Rock
  • Black Australorp
  • Rhode Island Red (RIR)
  • Golden Comet
  • Aracauna

March 25th

  • Silver Laced Wyandotte
  • Light Brahma
  • Brown Leghorns
  • Black Australorp
  • New Hampshire Reds

April 6th (Update: I mistakenly had the 16th here)

  • RIR
  • Aracauna

April 15th

  • Buff Orpington
  • Barred Rock
  • Production Red
  • Cinnamon Queen

Remember this is only a list of what they will have (they are not able to reserve them, its a first come fist serve basis for this list).  If you want something else, please feel free to call them [(573) 474-4113] and put in an order for one of their arrival dates.

Urban hens will be the discussion topic for KBIA’s program Intersection on Feb 15th

Watch it live from noon to 1pm here and then by clickng on the link provided.

How exciting!

Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard for so long to make urban hens a reality in Columbia, MO!

Also  a great big THANK YOU to Darwin Hindman, Paul Sturtz, Karl Skala, and Barbara Hoppe for voting yes last night!

This is a gentle step towards food safety and sustainability.  Plus it’s great fun!

The first Introduction to Urban Hen workshop will be held at 7pm, Feb 17th at 214 St. Joseph.  More details to follow.

It’s finally here! 
At the February 1st city council meeting, there will be a public comment session and then council members will vote on the urban hen ordinance. 
Council meetings start at 7pm however, the hen ordinance may not be on the agenda that early.  I will be updating this site with a more accurate time after the agenda is published on Friday Jan 29th. 
If you wish to speak we will be holding an informal gathering in the lobby prior to going up to the Council Chamber.  If you do not attend the gathering please listen to the comments that come before you so that you do not repeat what others have said.
We need to have lots and lots of people attend this meeting to show broad support for hens in Columbia.  Even if you do not want to speak to council or you do not want hens yourself but feel that others should have the right, we still need you to attend.  Please take an hour or two of your time to help us bring hens to Columbia, MO!  Please be aware that demonstrations (clapping, booing, etc) are not allowed during council meetings.
Whether you plan to attend or not please, please, please contact your council person! (if you are uncertain who yours is go here) :
(Remember, when contacting city officials, please be considerate.  Theirs is not always an easy job, but they truly want to represent your interests.)
Ward 1 Paul Sturtz,
Ward 2 Jason Thornhill,
Ward 3 Karl Skala,
Ward 4 Jerry Wade,
Ward 5 Laura Nauser,
Ward 6 Barbara Hoppe,
I will keep this site and facebook updated with new information as it comes available:
Facebook page

Scott Wilson from Wilson Street on CAT tv presents a video on the Columbia, MO Urban Hen Initiative broken up into 5 YouTube videos:


I hope to see lots of you there!
-Mary Stilwell  (

Put it on your calendar:  February 1st, 2010

We need to have as many people attend the meeting at possible.  I’ll update an expected time as we get closer to the date.  It’s possible that the issue could get tabled until a later date, but we’ll hope not.

Tonight city council will discuss whether to put the urban hen ordinance on the agenda for next month!!!!!!!!!

Hope, pray, whatever you do that it gets voted to the agenda.  We could get a debate/vote by the second meeting in January.