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With chickens we can "Obtain a Yield" (eggs, meat & fertilizer), and "Use Renewable Services" (bug control & weed control) easily. Poultry are fun and easy livestock to keep, needing minimal care and space compared to any other animal.
In this class, we'll talk about getting and raising chicks (we expect to have a brooder full of them at the time!) and the basics of chicken care. That includes housing, rotational grazing, chicken tractors, fencing, predators, litter management, breed choices, chicken health, preventative health care and culling. Feeding, especially raising food for them, will also be discussed.
We will give you a tour of our coop, where you can meet our laying hens and rooster. We will also talk about moving away from brooder use in the future by encouraging your hens to raise the next generation themselves.
The cost for this class is on a sliding scale of $5-20, payable at the meetup.
Steve Diamond has spent the last few years focusing on homesteading and permaculture projects. He is also a computer and IT guy, specializing in rescuing and reusing older systems to keep them out of the landfills. He is the Systems Administrator for Portsmouth Community Radio.
Amy Antonucci is a certified permaculture designer, bee / chicken / goat keeper, student of herbal medicine, and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs and been interviewed on the radio about homesteading topics.