GUELPH, ON (January 4, 2023) An evening focused on how to care for and manage small chicken flocks is set to take place at the Guelph Humane Society (GHS) on Wednesday, January 25. 

Opal Crested Cream Legbar
Westphal’s Opal Crested Cream Legbar, Felicia and Karen. Photo credit: Samantha Westphal

“The Guelph Humane Society is deeply committed to providing care and welfare services to small farm animals,” says Samantha Westphal, GHS Animal Care Manager. “As part of our education and outreach programs planned for 2023, this event aims to equip those interested with the tools they need to create a safe and healthy environment to house and care for backyard chickens.” 

Sponsored in part by Grand River Agricultural Society, event speakers include veterinarian, Dr. Erin Preiss of Hockley Valley Mobile Veterinary Services and GHS’s Samantha Westphal. Attendees will learn about the benefits of keeping backyard chickens, as well as how to properly care for and feed them. The event will also cover the importance of maintaining a clean and well-ventilated coop, and the steps to take in order to prevent common health issues in chickens. 

In addition to the presentations, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, get advice from the experts and interact with chickens. This event is open to the public and is suitable for both experienced chicken owners and those who are just starting out. 

“We are excited to be hosting this informative event on the care and keeping of backyard chickens,” says Westphal. “Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how to create a happy and healthy environment for their feathered friends.” 

An Evening with Chickens will be held on Wednesday, January 25 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Guelph Humane Society, 190 Hanlon Creek Blvd., Guelph. The event is $12 per person to attend, and pre-registration is required.  

To register, please visit the Guelph Humane Society’s registration or website or call 519-824-3091 or email with any questions. 


About the Guelph Humane Society: 

The Guelph Humane Society advocates for all animals, and in particular those animals whose lives it can influence, through care, education, community support, protection, and leadership. Founded in 1893, the Guelph Humane Society provides care and shelter for approximately 3,000 homeless, stray, injured and abused animals each year in Guelph and Wellington County. GHS is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that does not receive government funding. Visit to discover more. 

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Media Contact:
Jane Dawkins
Director Communications and Community Engagement
Guelph Humane Society