On Saturday, April 18, 2015, the OSU Extension Williams County office will be offering a free class on backyard poultry to the public with Dr. Nancy Buchanan, from Kalmbach Feeds as the presenter. The class will be held at the Williams County Ohio State University Extension Office, which is located in the Williams County Community Office Building at 1425 East High St in Bryan OH, starting at 9:00 a.m.
Dr. Buchanan will review different breeds of chickens to help you determine if egg laying, meat production or both are what you are looking for. For example if you are looking for egg production you might want to consider White Leghorn hybrids (white eggs), Plymouth Barred Rock (brown eggs), Rhode Island Reds (brown eggs) or Blue Andalusians (white eggs). If you are hoping for both eggs and meat then consider a dual-purpose breed such as Plymouth Barred Rock, Sussex or Buff Orpingtons. For just meat production, Cornish Cross chickens may be the best choice.
She will go over how much time you should spend with your flock, where to house the birds, a plan on collecting and using the eggs, and what will you do with the birds after they retire from your flock.
Dr. Buchanan will go over preparing a warm draft free area “brooder” for the baby chicks, and how to adjust the temperature getting it finally to ambient temperature. She will go over what the birds need for shelter, nutrition, and finally how to protect you flock from different disease problems. If chickens are in your future, plan to attend this informative meeting.
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