Lake County Extension Hosts “Chicken University”

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TAVARES – Due to a rise in interest in urban chicken farming after lawmakers recently passed a new legislation which allows landowners in certain areas to manage a small number of hens, the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services Lake County Extension plans to host a “Chicken University” to help new urban farmers understand more about chickens and their biology to help them become successful chicken farmers.

“Small-scale chicken farming can be an excellent way to provide a safe and wholesome food for your family, but in order to be successful, farmers must develop a basic understanding of poultry biology and husbandry,” stated Megan Mann, an Extension Agent in the Livestock and Natural Resources division.

The class, which will be held on Tuesday, December 5 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lake County Extension Office, will cover topics such as egg handling, poultry anatomy and biology, housing, egg production, and predator protection.

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The office is located at 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. The class will cost $10 per attendee which includes a booklet with information.

Anyone interested in attending can register at UFLakeChickenU.eventbrite.com.

For more information on this event, please visit the listing for this event on our calendar.

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