Extension program on backyard chickens

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 10:20 a.m. CDT

It doesn’t get much better than frying up a couple of farm-fresh eggs that you just collected yourself. Maybe that is why so many people, whether they are on a rural acreage or an urban homestead, are becoming increasingly interested in raising chickens in their backyards.

University of Illinois Extension educator Andy Larson will offer a class on home-scale poultry production called “Raising Backyard Chickens Right” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DeKalb County Extension office at 1350 W. Prairie Drive in Sycamore.

Topic of discussion include:

• Choosing chicken breeds and starting your chicks

• Considerations for building a coop and designing a chicken run

• Overcoming winter weather and pressure from predators

• Handling and selling eggs in Illinois safely and legally

The program fee is $5, payable in advance or at the door. Pre-registration is preferred to ensure adequate space and materials. To register or for more information, call the Extension office at 815-758-8194 or visit

Participants who require reasonable accommodation can call the office at 815-758-8194.

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