Raise Your Own Backyard Chickens!
This workshop which will break down what you will need - from start to finish - to raise your own chickens for eggs or meat.
What are your needs – Birds for eggs or meat?
Purchasing – Day olds vs. two or three week old chicks? When to get them? Heat lamps
Organic vs. conventional – What are the different requirements for each?
Chicken coop options – Shelters, pens, chicken tractors, free range, free run, roosting
Feed – different timelines for different feeds, where do you buy it? What is the cost? Why oyster shells?
Watering – Different methods and the labour required for each
Harvesting meat birds – Reservation dates, local abattoirs, transportation, temperatures, freezing
Egg production – At what age do they lay? How often? Washing and care of eggs
Winter care for birds – Heated waterers, additional heat sources