Poultry experts hold workshop on backyard flocks

September 20, 2013

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Award winning gardener and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith will host the second installment of his educational poultry workshops at his Moss Mountain Farm home Sept. 21 in response to the trend of raising backyard poultry.

“I felt compelled to host these workshops because raising chickens in suburban areas is becoming increasingly popular and is very rewarding,” Smith said. “I want to equip everyone to raise chickens in a homestead of any size and have the skills to raise them well.”

Participants will also meet with a panel of experts. Dr. Dustin Clark, Dr. Keith Bramwell of the Department of Poultry Science at the University of Arkansas and Dr. Mikelle Roeder, Purina animal nutritionists will offer detailed advise about egg production, materials for a coop, how to start a flock and seasonal care.

“More than 200 owners of backyard chickens came to the last workshop, traveling from all over Arkansas and surrounding states,” said Bramwell. “About 20 percent of the attendees were new to raising birds and looking for a way to get a solid start. Others were experienced with backyard chickens and deepened their knowledge of poultry.”

Smith has creased the Heritage Poultry Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to preserving all threatened breeds of domestic poultry through education, stewardship and good breeding practices.

More information is available at www.pallensmith.com.


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