Monday, March 5, 2012

Backyard Poultry Workshops Offered This Spring

Backyard Poultry Workshops Offered This Spring

In response to the growing interest in backyard poultry, a series of workshops on keeping family flocks of chickens is being offered this Spring. The workshops will be facilitated by Patricia Foreman, long-time sustainable agriculture advocate and author of City Chicks, Chicken Tractor and Backyard Market Gardening.

Topics in the series includes Raising Baby Chicks from Scratch, Laying Hens 101, Gardening with Poultry, Composting & Biomass Recycling using Chicken Helpers, Poultry Primary Health Care, and Using Hens to Incubate Eggs. Courses are supported with grants from the Gossamer Foundation (non-profit).

The first two workshops will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 in the Community Room at the Old Court House, 2 South Main Street, Lexington, Virginia

• 1:00 to 3:00 - Raising Baby Chicks from Scratch. Learn the most important factors in caring for baby chicks, including chick anatomy and physiology, behavior, health, nutrition and housing. This interactive lecture based workshop also covers a wide variety of chicken breeds. All questions will be answered and you will leave the course with everything you need to know to raise baby chicks successfully. Space is limited. Tuition: $25.

• 3:30 to 5:30 - Laying Hens 101. This is a comprehensive introductory course for those who want to keep small flocks of laying hens — beginning with adult birds. You will learn the most important considerations in caring for a flock in a limited space. Includes hen anatomy and physiology, behavior, handling, health, nutrition, egg management, and housing basics. This interactive, highly-participatory workshop also covers a which chicken breeds tend to do best in the Shenandoah climate. All questions will be answered and you will leave the course with the knowledge you need to know about successfully keeping chickens in your backyard. Space is limited. Tuition: $25.

For more information, or to schedule additional workshops, contact Pat at (540) 261-8775, email