Camden County Chickens was created by Gwenne Baile after a five year effort at changing the law in Haddon Twp., NJ to allow up to four hens per back yard. Since that time (2015) she has assisted eight New Jersey communities in getting their laws changed as well. The work continues tweaking existing ordinances and getting new ones passed in other communities that desire their own hens.
Rosebud, her therapy chicken, has appeared in newspapers as well as the local TV news.
They regularly visit nursing homes and schools. They can be seen almost every weekend at farmer's markets, sustainability functions and other special events such as autism day at the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia, PA.
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CEO and chief coop cleaner
Gwenne is a retired nurse-midwife. She started her career as a delivery room nurse in several local hospitals before going to school at UMDNJ to become a midwife. She has worked on the staff of two different hospitals in South Jersey and has delivered over 1000 babies. After her retirement she decided to do those things that a 100 hour workweek prohibited and became a master Gardner. She also took several classes in chicken husbandry only to discover that it was illegal to raise chickens in her town. Five years later she persuaded the local council to pass a pilot law to allow up to four hens. 24 families are now enrolled in the pilot and it hasn't really cost the community anything.
Rosebud has a natural tendency to be a therapy chicken. One can handle her and she will sit on a person's lap unattended. If an older person she will feel the calmness and start to fall asleep. Some kids like to sing to her. She pays attention and listens. Her favorite radio station is the SPA channel on Sirius XM Radio. Riding in the car listening to that she becomes mesmerized and fades off to sleep. She is a good bird and works many hours per week, Rosebud has her own Facebook page at ontheroadwithrosebudhtetherapychicken
Chief Herder and eater of things that drop
Freckles had a rough beginning. She was found playing in traffic on a busy state highway. Several other people wanted her but they just couldn't accommodate her. We are happy to have her. She enjoys mingling with the birds.
Head gofer, communications manager, coop maintenance engineer
After 35 years in the telephone and computer business Ron has attained the rank of master model railroader. He is also a railroad historian and a member of the West Jersey Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society. He is also a docent at the Gloucester City Historical Society museum. He designed and built our coop. No plans, just started screwing boards together in units of four feet, eight feet, etc.
We are available, as time allows, as a consultant to help you get your laws passed or revised. We are not lawyers. However, we have researched the topic far and wide and have put together quite few successful ordinances. (Eight so far) We have a lot of research available for you at no cost. The more cases we work on the better the process becomes and the faster it happens. For us, this is one way we give back to the communities that we live, work and play in. Yes, if you can afford it we will accept small donations since printing, postage and gasoline costs are always rising but it is not mandatory.
We visit nursing homes, some on a regular basis. Patients come out of their shells and the chicken takes them back to a better time in their lives. Contact us if you are interested in Rosebud visiting your facility.
We visit schools, scout groups and whoever else may be interested in chickens. Sustainability fairs, science fairs and general educational events are always on our schedule.
In all the communities that we have had ordinances passed in our favor we have had included the mandatory need for at least one person per family to attend a certified class. We provide these classes at a modest cost or we can refer you to another organization nearby that will also teach the class. Occasionally the same person may teach for both organizations. Contact us for more information about this.
We also provide occasional chicken health classes usually conducted by a registered veterinarian. We usually ask a small donation for these classes as veterinarians don't come cheap. We have one of the younger ones in the area available. She is a very good speaker and she is also a very good listener.
Our pilot program initially has 24 families. We meet on a fairly regular basis to share our concerns and support each other. We occasionally have programs aimed at the back-yard chicken owner and it may often be helpful to others in your community. Networking is very important these days and we promote conversations between chicken owners. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us.
At this time we do not have a store.
Lecture with Power Point presentation and live chicken.
We are quite proud of our association with the Museum of Natural Science in Philadelphia, Pa.
We make periodic visits there throughout the year.
This week we visited a school in Cherry Hill and were met by Nora Muchanic and her photographer. They are retiring in a few days and they were quite enthused to get do a positive story on Rosebud and her friends.
By Nora Muchanic, Thursday, October 26, 2017 06:42, PM CHERRY HILL, N.J. (WPVI) --Channel 6, Philadelphia,PA
You may have heard of therapy dogs or even therapy horses, but Rosebud the therapy chicken is a whole different breed.
This two-year-old ball of feathers was visiting the TOPS adult day program at the Jewish community center in Cherry Hill, where she's always a hit.
Rosebud's owner Gwenne Baile is a retired nurse-midwife who loves chickens and has taken classes to be a therapy chicken handler.
"She's very soft, she's very nonthreatening and most people just really enjoyed the whole feel of her and the stroking of her calms them," said Baile.
Stephan Slowinski, a client at TOPS, likes to sing to Rosebud.
"Well she is very soft and cuddly and a good friend," said Slowinski.
In fact most of the people at TOPS seem to enjoy Rosebud's company.
"I like her calm demeanor and the way her feathers feel smooth," said Erica Gensel.
Baile said she knew when Rosebud was just a chick that she had the right stuff, the perfect temperament to become a therapy chicken.
"I realized that she loved to be held," said Baile. "She liked to be on my lap and be cuddled."
Rosebud is one busy chicken. She has her own Facebook page, and she also regularly visits senior citizen homes, libraries, schools and festivals free of charge.
"I do see us as being chicken ambassadors," said Baile. "Showing people that they're not dirty barnyard animals."
Rosebud wears a little diaper for inside visits and there's always hand sanitizer after. A few moments with this 4 pound hen can be a relaxing treat--just ask 29-year-old Greg Wineland.
"Feels like a miracle," said Wineland. "A wonderful experience."