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Learn about raising poultry for meat and eggs at upcoming ‘Chicken University’

RELEASE DATE: November 25, 2013

TAVARES — The University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Services (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will host a small-scale poultry workshop titled, “Chicken University,” from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

“Raising poultry on a small scale can be an excellent way to provide meat and eggs for your family,” said Megan Brew, livestock and natural-resources agent with the UF/IFAS Lake County Extension, who will instruct the class. “Small-scale poultry farming is on the rise in urban areas. In order to be successful, the small-scale poultry farmer must have a basic understanding of poultry biology and egg production.”

Topics to be covered include getting started in poultry farming, designing coops, protecting the flock from predators, managing egg production and the safe handling of eggs. 

Preregistration is mandatory and can be completed at https://chickenuniversity.eventbrite.com. The cost is $5, which includes supplemental material. For more information, contact Brew at 352-343-4101, ext. 2728, or horsygrl@ufl.edu.

The UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County provides research-based information and educational programs cooperatively with the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and the University of Florida for all aspects of horticulture, agriculture, food safety, the home environment, financial management and 4-H youth programs.

The UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County’s mission is to make knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources accessible to people to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.

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More Information:
Megan Brew
352-343-4101, ext. 2728
horsygrl@ufl.edu
https://chickenuniversity.eventbrite.com

Lake County media contact:
Kelly LaFollette
Communications Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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