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Backyard chicken raising is coming to Lake County. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County, in conjunction with the Central Florida Livestock Agents' Group, will be hosting the Small Flock Poultry Conference, a daylong program on small scale poultry production, beginning at 9am. on Tuesday, January 27 at the Lake County Agricultural Center in Tavares, located at 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.

The first inaugural conference is an educational event that will include lectures, hands-on demonstrations and opportunities to network with other chicken enthusiasts.

"Backyard chicken keeping has become very popular in the past several years," said Megan Brew, Livestock and Natural Resources Agent. "More and more citizens are interested in reconnecting with their agricultural roots."

"This conference, the first-of-its-kind in Central Florida, will encourage networking within the local poultry keeping community and allow participants to learn research-based strategies for success from local experts."

The conference will feature seminars and demonstrations to include starting and growing the home flock, poultry nutrition, poultry health management, troubleshooting egg production, complying with regulations to sell farm fresh eggs, predator protection strategies and coop construction.

Attendees will also enjoy access to a trade show featuring local vendors of poultry care products.

Pre-registration is required online at or by calling 352-343-4101 ext. 2728. Registration is $25 and includes a catered lunch.

For more information, contact Megan Brew at 352-343-4101 or

The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects.

Extension service to hold inaugural conference
in Lake County for local backyard chicken raising
Backyard Chicken Raising
Backyard chicken raising is growing in popularity. Lake County is offering a poultry program to learn more about raising a small flock. (Courtesy photo)


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