Backyard poultry seminar set March 28 in Alice

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu

Contact: Rogelio Mercado, 361-668-5705, Rogelio.Mercado@ag.tamu.edu

ALICE — Because raising poultry around homes has become more popular in recent years, a seminar will be offered March 28 at the Women’s Building at the Jim Wells County Fairgrounds in Alice, according to Rogelio Mercado, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Jim Wells County agent.

“Both rural and urban residents enjoy raising poultry for both egg and meat production,” Mercado said. “This is a great way to produce some of your own food, gain revenue or even teach young children where their food comes from.”

A mixed flock of backyard hens lines up at feeding time. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo by Steve Byrns)

The event begins with registration at 1 p.m. and the program will be from 1:30-5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person.

In addition to AgriLife Extension, the program is hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service in Jim Wells County.

Drs. Craig Coufal and Greg Archer, AgriLife Extension poultry specialists from College Station, will be presenters. Their topics are: Starting a Backyard Flock, Breeds of Chickens, Feeding, Housing and Lighting, Predator Control, Egg Cleaning and Handling, and Rules for Sales.

Preregister by calling the AgriLife Extension office in Jim Wells County at 361-668-5705 by March 24.

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