Fifty abstractly striped black and pearl grey chickens with ruby red combs will be the new residents of a $3,000 chicken coop about to be built at Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm in Cupertino.
Designing and building the coop is the Eagle Scout project of John Lentfer, a high school freshman and an assistant senior patrol leader with Boy Scout Troop 75. He is a resident of Cupertino.
The chickens are of the “Barred Plymouth Rock” variety. They are popular with small-scale farmers because they breed easily and are skilled at foraging and watching out for predators.
The Deputy Sheriffs’ Association has pledged $500 to the effort, and wishes to egg on other groups to contribute as well by matching a donation up to $500. Building supplies such as redwood posts, roofing shingles, a window, plastic dish pans and hinges will be purchased for the project.
“This is a sustainable farm that does excellent work in education,” said Don Morrissey, DSA president. “Besides that, it’s in one of the cities our members patrol, so it’s close to home. We’ll pop another check in the mail to the Hollyhill Hummingbird Farm just as soon as we hear that another group has matched our grant.”
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