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Backyard Poultry Production

  • Wednesday, February 1, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Raising a backyard flock can be rewarding for egg or meat production, and can be the perfect complement to a home garden, providing manure and bug control. Unlike vegetables, animals take more care and daily attention. This class with Heather Birdsall, CCE livestock educator, will focus on breeds for egg laying, raising chicks to layers, housing, as well as general care and feeding of birds.

NOTE: This class is required for City of Ithaca residents who wish to obtain a permit to raise a flock (no more than 4 birds) in the City and recommended for others countywide who want to raise a few chickens in their backyards. City residents must have a lot size of 3,000 SF in order to obtain a permit. For more information on the City ordinance number 2016-13, check the City website or call the City Clerk’s office at 607-274-6570. The City ordinance will be further explained at the workshop.

There is a $5.00 fee (per household) to attend the class and certificates will be given to participants so that they can apply for a permit with the city to keep chickens on their lots.

To register call Cooperative Extension at 607-272-2292 or email – mjc72@cornell.edu.


$5/household, preregistration is required


Maria Christian
Administrative Assistant
(607) 272-2292 ext. 130


CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555