Like all farmers during the Great Depression, Marcella Schumacher and her family kept chickens at the farm for their eggs and meat. In 2013, Schumacher Farm Park welcomed chickens back to the farm during the warm weather months (April-October). Our chicken program focuses primarily on education. We teach visitors how to care for chickens and the value chickens had for the Schumacher family. Check out our Free Chicken Workshops and our Volunteer Chicken Wrangler program.
Join Bob Bennin, Head Chicken Wrangler, for one of our free Workshops this summer. You will learn how to care for chickens and hear the history of chickens on the farm. Children are welcome. Enjoy the chickens as they free roam the yard. They won't go too far if you're feeding them! No registration required. Drop-in. Workshops are held the third Monday of each summer month from 4:00-5:00 PM: June 15, July 20 and August 17.
Volunteers take care of the chickens and in return they get to harvest and keep the eggs! Positions are filled on a first-come-first-serve basis and are in high demand. Click here for a job description. An application can be found here: Volunteer Application. For more information about volunteering please contact the Park Administrator at 608-849-4559 or at info@SchumacherFarmPark.org.
The chickens arrive in April and visitors are welcome to visit them during summer daylight hours, 7 days a week. Come in the morning and hear our rooster's beautiful crow. There is a chicken viewing window around back to see inside the coop as the chickens work in their nest boxes in the late morning and early afternoon. Please respect the chickens. Do not feed or disturb them. Thank you.
Backyard Chickens in Waunakee, Waunakee Tribune, March 26, 2015
Read "The Independent Hen" from "Papa, Mama and Me," Marcella Schumacher Pendalls book about growing up at the farm. Write about how you or someone you know is like the Independent Hen.
Find out where phrases like "pecking order" or "don't be a chicken" comes from." Click here.
The Center for Rural History is now open and rental opportunities available. Click the 'RENTAL' button at top of the website for more information.