Meet Mel in our chicken keeper spotlight!
At CityChick, we love to shine a spotlight on different chicken keepers that are making a difference in the chicken keeping community.
I'm so excited to introduce to you our first ever "out of Georgia" chicken keeper. Mel is the brilliant mind behind the "Wilma the wonder hen" social media accounts. She's got over 30 thousand followers on Instagram and almost 15 thousand followers on TikTok. Mel has a colorful cast of characters in her flock including everyone's favorite Lavender Orpington, Wilma. She's a huge advocate for backyard chicken education. Do you love podcasts? Mel hosts a great podcast that centers around backyard chicken keeping. I was lucky to be invited on a recent episode. If you'd like to listen to this episode, click here!
Keep reading to learn a little more about Mel and her passion for chicken keeping!
Mel from Wilma the Wonder hen. You need to be following her!
Who is Mel in a tweet?
Mel is a wife, mother to three grown girls, grandmother, and a young at heart personal trainer. I’m passionate about spreading the care and education of keeping backyard chickens through funny videos, printable materials, and our Wilma The Wonder Hen podcast, which is made and dedicated to all thing’s poultry! We want to encourage you and help you build a stronger healthier flock.
Mel hanging out with "Pumpkin" in the 'holler.
How long have you been keeping chickens?
My adventures into chicken keeping began around 10 years ago. I started with 4 rescue hens my friend was getting rid of. She was reducing her flock and asked me to help her out. I never wanted chickens. My Aunts gigantic Rhodes Island Red rooster chased me as a kid. It was traumatizing and stuck with me for a long time. I can’t tell you why I agreed to my friend's request.
@wilmathewonderhen When the world is crazy, they’re my happy place. #chickens #chickenkeepers #backyardflocks #bantamschicken #roosters ♬ (Everything I Do) I Do It for You - Brandy
I didn’t have a coop and knew nothing about caring for them besides some basic information I researched online. They took up residence in my She Shed until I built their coop and run. It was hilarious and terrifying at the same time. I would just look at them and ask what they needed from me. We’re still working on that.
Mel takes the BEST chicken photos!!
Soon after that, I was hooked! I brought home 4 more laying hens, and it spiraled into 75+ chickens. We’ve hatched out more chicks than I can count. I would’ve never imagined we’d be where we are today. We now have 5 coops and a maternity ward. Over the years, we’ve suffered heartache from the death of a beloved chicken and tears of joy as we looked on as a new chick hatched. All our chicks are hatched right here on the Heifer Farm. If I want to add a special breed to our flock, we use a broody mama and hatching eggs. There’s something magical about watching a Mama Hen and her chicks. A good Mama Hen will teach her baby chicks way more than we ever could.
Where did the name Wilma The Wonder Hen come from?
Wilma is my 4-year-old Lavender Orpington. I had always wanted to add Lavenders into my flock and when I found hatching eggs from a local breeder, I jumped on the chance. Not only that, but I purchased a mix of hatching eggs, a variety of breeds. I was on a name kick from the “Flintstones.” We chicken keepers try to have themes. Well, at least I do. We had Pebbles, Barney, Fred, and Wilma! Wilma was runty as a chick and spent a little time inside with me. The name Wilma The Wonder Hen didn’t originate until April 19th, 2017. The day we set up our Instagram account. Wilma was a rare find, and I thought adding “wonder hen” was fitting.
A great big thank you to Mel for sharing your chicken keeping experiences with the community! Keep up the amazing work with your beautiful flock!
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