Small flock and backyard chicken keeping is a growing interest and hobby for many. University of Minnesota Extension-Carver and Scott Counties is hosting a Beginning Backyard and Small Flock Workshop on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 8:00 PM at the Scott County Extension Office at the Scott County Fairgrounds, 7151 190th Street West, Jordan, Minnesota. This is a free workshop and no pre-registration is required. This workshop will be of interest to beginning backyard and small flock chicken keepers, and those would like to raise chickens on a small scale.
Introductory poultry topics will be discussed, including breeds of chickens, setting up the brooder, space requirements for the chicken coop and run, nutrition, feeding and caring for chickens, city ordinances, biosecurity, and poultry health. Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator in Carver and Scott Counties, will share her experience as an educator and poultry keeper to guide you in best management practices for raising a small flock of chickens. There will be plenty of time to ask questions.
“With the recent high price of eggs in the store, many people are looking into raising chickens," shared Carlson, “there is much time, effort, and cost that go into raising chickens and as much work or more than caring for a pet. This workshop will be an opportunity to look into the pros and cons of raising chickens and if it is a good fit for a person or family considering raising small scale poultry.”
For questions about the poultry workshop or to kindly RSVP. contact Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator for Scott and Carver Counties, by phone at 952-492-5410 or email at [email protected].