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 will focus on breeds for egg laying, raising chicks to layers, housing, as well as sanitation and general care and feeding of poultry.
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 person or $8 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.
$5/person or $8/household, pre-registration is required
CCE-Tompkins Education Center
615 Willow Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850-3555