Wednesday April 19th

7.00pm at the Merville Hall

Raising chickens is often portrayed as an easy endeavor. Hens don’t require roosters to
lay eggs and as long as they are fed and watered, the birds are maintenance free. Right?

Well reality is quite as simple so for anyone who is currently or wants to raise chickens,
the Mid Island Farmers Institute is hosting a free event, “Chicken Flock Small Talk” on
Wednesday, April 19 th , 7pm at the Merville Hall.

“No questions are too stupid to ask and this is your chance to ask a veterinarian without
the charge”, states Farmers Institute Secretary, Judy Goldschmidt. “We know that a
number of health issues often go undiagnosed so here’s a chance to find out common
ailments and what to do about them”.

The first half of the evening will cater to people who are new to raising chickens. As a
number of municipalities in the area have approved urban chickens, this is an opportunity
for urban as will as rural residents to come out. After a short break, more experienced
poultry producers can ask questions about biosecurity, husbandry and management,
zoonotic diseases (poultry diseases transmissible to humans). and will discuss disease
diagnosis, drugs, and vaccines.

Drs. Alberto and Carly Ruiz are a husband-and- wife veterinary team based out of Black
Creek, BC.  Dr. Alberto Ruiz studied veterinary medicine in Mexico, followed by a
Master of Science and veterinary internship at the Ontario Veterinary College, and a
residency in large animal medicine at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in
Saskatoon.  Dr. Alberto Ruiz is owner and veterinarian at AgaveVet Mobile Veterinary
Care, and offers mobile veterinary services on Vancouver Island and the Discovery

Dr. Carly Ruiz earned a Bachelor of Science (Animal Science) from the University of
Saskatchewan,  after which she attained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree at the
Western College of Veterinary Medicine.  She is currently on maternity leave, but plans
to return to practice this fall. The doctors both are chicken fanciers, with a backyard flock
of their own – composed of Ameraucanas and Silkies.

For more information, please contact Farmer’s Institute President Arzeena Hamir at (250)
702-5657 or email

Mid Island Farmers Institute