Raising backyard chickens has become increasingly popular with the expanded awareness of the importance of locally and sustainably grown and produced food. We covered the trend last year. Now you can learn how in a talk sponsored by the Wilton Cannon Grange.

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, at 7 p.m. at the Cannon Grange Hall, 25 Cannon Rd.. Admission is free. Parking is available in the Grange lot and across the street at the Cannondale Railroad Station and Village.

One Week Old Chick with Bil Mikulewicz

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 dos 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 Wilton Cannon Grange No. 152, and Ridgefield’s Discovery Center.

Cannon Grange No. 152 organizes activities, educational programs and fellowship for families, youth and adults. Semi-monthly business meetings are held at its 25 Cannon Rd. home base. Visit  their website or call 203.762.1900 for membership and event information. Founded in 1899, Cannon Grange is a chapter of The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, which was formed in 1867 to promote the economic and political well-being of communities and their agricultural interests.