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UF extension to offer class on urban chicken keeping
Source: Daily Commercial, 06/06/14
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With both Leesburg and Lake County in the last six months passing ordinances allowing backyard chickens, those interested in getting fowl may want to get smart first.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension in Lake County will be offering its “Chicken University” course from 6-8 p.m. on June 12 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Rd. Participants will learn about poultry anatomy and biology, housing, egg production, predator protection and egg handling, according to a press release.
“Urban chicken keeping is a hot topic in many parts of the country, including Central Florida,” county Extension Agent Megan Brew said in the release. “Thanks in part to new legislation, which allows landowners in certain areas to manage small numbers of hens, new and potential farmers are flocking to their county extension offices looking for help.”
The county passed an ordinance in December allowing chickens in unincorporated areas to be raised in other districts than just low-density rural residential. These include estate residential (R-2), medium residential (R-3), medium suburban residential (R-4), urban residential (R-6), mixed residential (R-7) and mixed home residential (RM) districts.
The ordinance states that “chickens are social, can make good pets, and findings indicate that three to four chickens are sufficient to meet the needs of the average family’s egg consumption.”
In March, Leesburg city commissioners revised a city ordinance to allow residents to raise up to 15 chickens in their backyards, with certain restrictions.
Small-scale chicken farming can be an excellent way to provide a safe and wholesome food for the whole family, but in order to be successful, farmers must develop a basic understanding of poultry biology and husbandry, according to Brew.