Raising chickens and other poultry for meat and eggs is an important step for the homestead.
In this introductory class you will learn the practical knowledge and skills needed to raise your first flock of chickens, beginning with either baby chicks or fertile eggs. You will also learn how to care for a mature, dual-purpose flock to produce eggs and meat.
Topics discussed in the class include the importance of raising chickens and other poultry, breed selection, housing and fencing, equipment, egg production, molting, egg care, diseases and parasites, feeds and feeding. We also give a brief overview of other types of poultry, including ducks, geese, turkeys and guineas. (For a more in-depth overview of other types of poultry, see our Raising All Kinds of Poultry class.)
This class involves both classroom-based and hands-on instruction.
This class will involve some outdoor activities. Please bring a wide-brimmed hat and wear long sleeves. Also, bring appropriate clothing for cold or inclement weather. No shorts or sandals, please.
This class is from 9 a.m – 5 p.m.