KINGSTON >> The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County will offer an introductory course to help residents get started on raising backyard chickens from 6 to 7:30 p.m. April 2 at Ulster County Fairgrounds 4-H Youth Building, 249 Libertyville Road, New Paltz.
The fee is $5 per person or $10 per family or farm. All ages are welcome.
There are many benefits to raising your own chickens, according to a news release. They are easy and inexpensive to maintain and their eggs are fresh, great-tasting and nutritious. Chickens also act as bug and weed control for your yard and produce fertilizer.
This class is the first in a series of workshops this spring on teaching everything you need to know about raising your backyard chickens to be healthy and happy. Future classes will go more in depth into housing, health, egg production, manure management, breeding and raising meat birds.
Register by March 28 at www.cceulster.org.