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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Learn how to raise backyard chickens on Feb. 16 & Apr. 6

Photo of five brown hens walking through a coop together

Keeping chickens and producing your own eggs can be rewarding, therapeutic, and loads of fun. Learn how to get started during online backyard urban chicken classes from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and Apr. 6.

Kalan Taylor, an agriculture and natural resources agent for the University of Florida/Volusia County Extension, will discuss chicken breeds, housing, health care, nutrition, manure management and food safety. She will also explain how to find out if your property is approved for chicken farming.

The $10 registration fee includes a certificate and teaching materials. Only one ticket per household is needed. To register, go to www.eventbrite.com and type “backyard urban chicken” in the search bar. Registrants will receive the Zoom link before the classes.

The City of New Smyrna Beach's Urban Chicken Program is covered under Code of Ordinances Sec. 18-323, which states residents are permitted to keep up to five hens on a single family residential lot subject to certain terms and conditions. Roosters are not permitted. Participants may qualify for a Conditional Use Permit for Raising Backyard Poultry in urban areas of Volusia County. 

For registration questions, contact Cynthia Rabey at (386) 822-5778 or cynthia.rabey@ufl.edu.

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