Marcella's Chicken Project

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. 

Workshops: Learn about Chickens

Join one of our knowledgeable Chicken Wranglers for a free workshop 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 19, July 17 and August 21. 

The chickens arrive in spring and visitors are welcome to visit them whenever the park is open (7 days a week, sunrise-sunset). Come in the morning and hear our rooster's beautiful crow. Please do not feed or disturb them. Thank you for respecting our our feathery friends!

Volunteer Chicken Wranglers

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. Please fill out our volunteer intake form to inquire. 

Chickens in the News

Chickens Return to Schumacher Farm, Waunakee Tribune, May 16, 2014

Backyard Chickens in Waunakee, Waunakee Tribune, March 26, 2015