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April 13, 2014

Poultry workshop set

NORMAN — Clucking, not barking, will become the new sound around Norman as some backyards are now home to a novel pet.

While they may not play fetch, residents are learning that chickens not only provide healthy eggs and/or egg whites, depending on just how healthy you are, but they provide hours of enjoyment as they roam around searching for insects and weeds to munch on.

Chickens, like their human counterparts, have unique personalities and are very interesting creatures. Just watching one hatch in an incubator takes you back to the days of the dinosaur and reminds us of just how prehistoric they are.

While I won’t dive into poultry science in this column, I do want to tell you about an exciting opportunity coming to Norman. I will host a Backyard Poultry Workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. April 22 at the Cleveland County OSU Extension office, 601 E. Robinson St. in Room C.

Speakers will include Dr. F. Dustan Clark, D.V.M., Extension Poultry Health veterinarian, University of Arkansas and Dr. Josh Payne from Oklahoma State University.

Topics discussed will include poultry breeds, housing options, feed and care tips, health issues and biosecurity just to name a few. The cost to attend is $10 per person and cash or check will be accepted.

Prepay and RSVP to Cherry Slaughter at the OSU Extension office in Norman by Thursday. Email or call Cherry at cherry.slaughter@okstate.edu or 321-4774.

This workshop is one of the first of its kind in Oklahoma and Norman seems like a great place to start.

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