Thursday, January 12, 2012

Learn how to raise chickens Jan. 21 at museum


CORNWALL — The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum will present an introductory course on raising poultry in your own backyard from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 21.
Audrey Reith of the Cornell Cooperative Extension will teach the basics of keeping a backyard flock of chickens at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall.
Besides being fun and entertaining, there is nothing fresher than an egg right from the hen, Reith said. Chickens also help control ticks and produce fertilizer for your garden.
This three-hour program will provide information including: Coop requirements, chicken breeds and how to obtain chicks, feeding and general care, local and state regulations.
This course requires prepaid registration and is recommended for adults and children age 7 and up. Admission is $25 for adults, $12 for ages 7-16; museum members $20 for adults, $10 for ages 7-16.
For information and prepaid registration, call 534-5506, ext. 204, or register online atwww.hhnaturemuseum.org.