Clemson Extension will have a backyard poultry workshop Aug. 14 in Aiken.

Clemson Extension will have a backyard poultry workshop Aug. 14 in Aiken.

AIKEN — Clemson University Cooperative Extension is helping South Carolina residents satisfy their appetites for profitable, productive, healthy backyard poultry operations with a workshop in Aiken.

The Backyard Poultry Workshop Aug. 14 will cover the basics of raising chickens, poultry nutrition, housing, biosecurity, predator control, disease prevention, reproduction and more. The workshop is ideal for commercial operators or hobby farmers.

The workshop will be 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Aiken County Extension Office, 1555 Richland Ave. East, Suite 500, Aiken. Registration is due Aug. 9 by contacting Aiken County Extension livestock and forages agent Brittany Peacock at 803-508-7737 or at bepeaco@clemson.edu. The cost is $70, which includes course materials and lunch.

Instructors are Julie Helm, poultry specialist veterinarian for Clemson University Livestock-Poultry Health; associate professor of animal science Mickey Hall; and Extension livestock and forages agents Peacock, Amber Starnes and Lee Van Vlake.

Extension has added backyard poultry workshops across the state amid a growing interest in raising chickens. Many of South Carolina’s major cities allow residents to raise hens for eggs. For a complete list of upcoming Extension workshops and events, click here.

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