Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Backyard Poultry Workshop - Tues Feb 24

Backyard Poultry Workshop – February 24, 2015
A trend in backyard chicken farming is taking hold across the country. People are excited to raise their own poultry and flavorful eggs. In response to a recently adopted backyard poultry ordinance adopted in Tuolumne County by the Board of Supervisors, the University of California Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Tuolumne County Department of Agriculture will be hosting a free workshop on Backyard Poultry Production on Tuesday, February 24th, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Tuolumne County Library, 480 Greenley Road in Sonora.
The workshop will educate homeowners on caring for and raising backyard chickens, managing them in limited areas and understanding chicken health and wellness. Richard Blatchford, a post-doc at the University of California Davis, Department of Plant Science will present on choosing the right breed, care and handling, housing, and proper nutrition. Local veterinarian, Ken Takeshita will present on poultry health, diseases and prevention. John Ramos with the California Department of Food and Agriculture will discuss egg safety and the proper handling and packaging of eggs.  Lastly, Ron Anderson, a wildlife specialist with the United States Department of Agriculture will discuss the proper techniques for keeping your chickens safe from predators.  
In many jurisdictions including incorporated cities, chickens are often permitted, but restrictions vary and are subject to local ordinances or homeowner association policies. “A simple coop and a little feed are all people need to try their hand at keeping chickens in their yards, if local policies allow it,” said Scott Oneto, a farm advisor with the University of California Cooperative Extension. “Chickens can easily earn their keep by providing fresh eggs, reducing insects, and providing a fun, educational connection to nature.”
The workshop is free however it is advised to register in advance. Registration can be done by calling the University of California Cooperative Extension at 209-533-5696 or online at http://ucanr.edu/freepoultryworkshop
For more information contact: Scott Oneto, University of California Cooperative Extension, 209-223-6834 or sroneto@ucanr.edu.

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