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NMSU Santa Fe County Extension hosts backyard poultry production workshop

SANTA FE, N.M., - Raising one's own food, including fresh chicken eggs, is making a comeback as an urban hobby.


New Mexico State University's Santa Fe County Cooperative Extension Service is hosting a backyard poultry production workshop for people interested in raising chickens. The free workshop will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the Santa Fe County Fair Building, 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe.

"As people discover the enjoyment of producing their own food, eggs are an item that people want to have fresh on hand," said Pat Torres, Santa Fe County Extension agriculture agent. "Chickens can be raised in small numbers and are compatible with backyards, even within the city limits of Santa Fe."

The workshop will cover the basics of poultry management. Gaylene Fasenko, NMSU Animal and Range Science assistant professor, will discuss general poultry biology, management and embryology.

An overview of diseases that small poultry producers may encounter will be presented by John Ragsdale, pathologist with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. Poultry nutrition will be discussed by Kelly Sutherlin, Ranchway Feeds territory manager.

The workshop is sponsored by the NMSU Extension Service and the Feed Bin. Anyone interested in attending should contact the Santa Fe County Extension office at 505-471-4711 or send an email to patorres@nmsu.edu by March 30.