Address: 36347 Christine St. , Newark, CA 94560
We have chickens, mini-orchard, raised garden, native bee housing.
Native habitat front yard designed to attract indigenous
pollinators, including hummingbirds as well as insects.
We water our front yard once or twice a year, the vine
maples slightly more often.
The picture is at the bottom. On the left
is the steel aviary with a plastic house inside where the
LF layers live. On the right is the breeding housing
for the Dominique bantams, the white boxy thing
barely visible. The aviary has “circus tents” – fitted
canvas covers for shade and to keep rain out. The
bantam housing is built of Coroplast on a steel frame
and was shipped in from the Great Plains due to being
coyote proof – a problem animal at our cabin in Nevada
The Dominiques patrol the orchard and the
berry rows and keep insects down and eat low
hanging and fallen fruit. Since we acquired them,
our yard seems to be slug and snail free, although
mollusks didn’t seem to be eaten by the other breeds
of chickens we have had here. In fact, our top hen,
a four year old Black Star is not interested and
looks disgusted when she runs over for her share
of what the other girls are eating and discovers
it is a slug or a snail. She lifts all of her feathers and
sort of stalks away looking very offended.