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'Chicken University' offers tips on farming poultry

RELEASE DATE: May 29, 2014

TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County will be offering its popular “Chicken University” course from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 12 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

Participants will learn about poultry anatomy and biology, housing, egg production, predator protection and egg handling.

“Urban chicken keeping is a hot topic in many parts of the country, including Central Florida,” said Megan Brew, Extension Agent with the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County, who will be teaching the class. “Thanks in part to new legislation which allows landowners in certain areas to manage small numbers of hens, new and potential farmers are flocking to their county extension offices looking for help.”

Small-scale chicken farming can be an excellent way to provide a safe and wholesome food for the whole family, but in order to be successful, farmers must develop a basic understanding of poultry biology and husbandry, according to Brew.

Participants may register by visiting www.chickenuni.eventbrite.com. The class costs $5 and includes printed materials. Space is limited and pre-registration online is required. 

For more information on urban chicken keeping and the Chicken University program, contact Brew at 352-343-4101 ext. 2728 or horsygrl@ufl.edu.

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible 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.



More Information:
Megan Brew
352-343-4101 ext. 2728

Lake County media contact:
Elisha Pappacoda
Public Information Officer
Office: 352-343-9609; Cell: 352-460-2851

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