LEAF program offers six classes on raising poultry for egg production

Submitted Photo The first LEAF program class on raising poulrty for egg production will be held Thursday. You must register by today for the class.

JAMESTOWN — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s Agriculture Program is excited to announce that they will be offering several workshops this season as part of their 2017-2018 L.E.A.F. (Learn. Empower. Achieve. Farm.) Workshop Series. “Raising Poultry for Egg Production” will be a three course series offered at multiple times at the Frank W. Bratt Agricultural Center, 3542 Turner Road, Jamestown. The cost to attend is $10/each class or $25 to attend all three classes. For more information, visit www.cce.cornell.edu/Chautauqua/leaf1718.

Class 1: Housing and Equipment will be offered on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to noon. Class 1 will cover site analysis, equipment ‘checklist,’ housing options, predator control, supplies, cleaning and will include a demonstration on making a dust bath and cleaning equipment.

Class 2: Chick Care, Hen Nutrition, and Health will be offered on Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon. Class 2 will cover breed selection, baby basics, sourcing, feed selection, disease prevention, adult care and will highlight a demonstration on growing fodder and handling chicks upon receipt.

Class 3: Egg Production, Marketing, and Regulations will be offered on Monday, Nov. 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. or Saturday, Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon. Class 3 will cover egg production, egg handling and care, selling and marketing your eggs, regulations to follow. Demonstration on egg candling and carton labelling.

“Even if you’ve come to one of our poultry workshops in the past, we welcome you to come to any of the classes in this series,” Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management educator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County, said. “We’ll be covering more of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of raising chickens, and will be incorporating some hands-on demonstrations.”

Walley-Stoll also stated that the series is appropriate for beginning poultry raisers or those that are just interested in learning more about the topic.

Interested participants can choose to attend one class or all three classes. There are weeknight and weekend options for each class, and each class participant will receive a resource guide with informational handouts and reference materials, opportunity for hands-on demonstrations, and the option for follow up consultations.

The L.E.A.F. Workshop Series is open to the general public, including homesteaders, beginning farmers, established farmers looking to diversify and grow, agriculture enthusiasts, and everyone in between! The 2017-2018 Workshop Series will feature over 20 workshops to be held throughout the upcoming Fall and Winter months. This season’s L.E.A.F. Program is made possible through the generous support of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.

Pre-registration is required three days prior to each class to allow for adequate time to prepare printed resources and materials. Interested participants can register online by visiting www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua/leaf1718, by emailing kaw249@cornell.edu, or by calling 664-9502 ext. 202.

The L.E.A.F. Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua) in line with the County’s 20/20 Comprehensive Plan. CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.


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