Backyard Chicken workshop

9 a.m. – noon on Sat., Oct. 26, 2013 at the Prairie Crossing Farm

CHICKEN WORKSHOP_editedOur chickens are always popular with program participants! During the Backyard Chickens workshop participants will learn the basics of keeping chickens including breeds and behavior, feeding and housing, local ordinances and more.

Do you like the idea of having fresh eggs available to you on a daily basis? Are you looking to add some animals to your yard that will also provide you with food, fertilizer, and pest control? Are you wondering what it takes to keep a few backyard chickens?

Backyard chickens are become increasingly popular in both urban and suburban areas. We will discuss the basics of backyard chicken keeping – including chicken breeds and behavior, where and how to obtain your hens, how to feed and house your backyard flock, local ordinances, and other things to consider before you get your own hens.

As part of the workshop, we will also tour the Prairie Crossing Farm’s chicken flocks, discuss the similarities and differences between the flocks and how they are being housed, and tie those observations back to best practices for backyard chickens. Participants do not need to bring anything to the workshop, and will bring home a resource handout on keeping backyard chickens and a sample half-dozen of our very fresh, pastured-poultry eggs! The registration fee is $30 per person.

These Saturday morning workshops are for adult participants. All workshops will begin in the Yellow Farmhouse at the Prairie Crossing Farm, located at 32400 N. Harris Road in Grayslake. Enter Prairie Crossing via Route 45 at Jones Point Road and follow the signs to the Farm. Free parking is available in the small parking lot just past the Yellow Farmhouse.