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Backyard Chickens 101

Backyard Chickens 101

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The UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Small Farms program will offer a small flock egg production and management class for beginners on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County office in Bartow. The class is limited to 40 participants on a first come first served basis.

Figure out which end is up with chicken production and how to comply with regulations to sell eggs! This class will teach you about: housing, egg production, breed selection, health management, bio-security and food safety, nutrition and pasture management, predator control and legal requirements to sell eggs. Local ordinances will be reviewed and door prizes will be offered.

Wet your whistle with resources for backyard flocks here:


Class Details

When: Saturday, November 3, 2018, 9 AM – 1 PM.

Where: UF/IFAS Extension Polk County, 1702 S Hwy 17 S., Bartow, FL 33830

Cost: $20 for adults and $10 for children

Register: Online at

Contact: Rita West at 863-519-1043 or or Mary Beth Henry at 863-519-1049 or


2 Comments on “Backyard Chickens 101

  1. Hi Mary Beth will there be another class in 2019?
    Just checking would have loved to have known about this…..!

    • Hi there,

      We have been working on updating and streamlining presentations and we have submitted a raising backyard chickens EDIS publication manuscript. It will be available via the EDIS publication system, once it has passed review. Keep an eye out for it here.

      You can check for future programs via the UF/IFAS Small Farms and Alternative Enterprises Statewide Extension Program website here:

      Upcoming programs can be found on the calendar page and information on raising chickens can be found on the production pages.

      We needed to make updating our first priority and while the EDIS publication is complete, our next task will be to update the presentations. This will help us for future programs. At this time I am not aware of upcoming dates and would expect it to be fall before our presentation updates are finished.

      Thank you for your interest!
      Mary Beth Henry