Wednesday, October 17, 2012

DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE NEWS RELEASE

Workshop to be held on keeping backyard chicken flocks healthy in Delaware

 
DOVER – Delaware residents interested in learning more about raising backyard chicken flocks and how to protect their chickens against diseases are invited to attend a free workshop this month.

The seminar will be 6 to 8 p.m. on Oct. 30 at the Hartly Fire Hall, and includes a free buffet dinner. Space is limited, and participants must register by Oct. 20.

“This program is for anyone who wants to raise backyard poultry flocks and has in interest in learning how to recognize common poultry diseases,” said Delaware State Veterinarian Dr. Heather Hirst of the Delaware Department of Agriculture, which is hosting the event, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Speakers will include Dr. Nathaniel Tablante, poultry health extension specialist at the University of Maryland, on disease occurrence and prevention; Dr. Daniel Bautista, director of the Lasher Laboratory at the University of Delaware, on the most common poultry diseases among small flocks on the Delmarva Peninsula; and Dr. JoAnna Quinn of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, on what backyard flock owners should know about avian influenza.

 To register, please contact Lawina Slaubaugh at the Delaware Department of Agriculture at (302) 698-4561 or lawina.slaubaugh@state.de.us by Oct. 20. A free roast beef buffet dinner will be provided. The Hartly Fire Hall is at 2898 Arthurville Road, Hartly.

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