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Raising Backyard ChickensU of I Extension News – October 12, 2016



Backyard Chickens

Have you ever wanted to raise backyard chickens, but did not know how to get started? Are you interested in learning about the different breeds of chickens, and which is best for your farm?

These and other questions will be answered by University of Illinois Horticultural Extension Educator Andrew Holsinger. Andrew will be discussing issues related to raising backyard chickens, including choosing the best breed of chicken for your type of operation, brooding, housing, and feed, raising chickens in the winter, commitment of time, dealing with predators, selling eggs in Illinois, zoning in cities and towns, along with much more.

The program is scheduled for October 27, 2016, from 6:00 – 8:00pm, and is being offered at the Bond County Extension Office, 925 East Harris in Greenville, Illinois. The cost for the program will be $5.00. Registration is required and can be completed at, or by calling the Jefferson County Extension Office at (618) 242-0780.

This is the second of five back-to-basics workshops being offered this fall. Each is tailored for the beginner, but also have great information for more experienced participants. For information on other workshops being offered, please go to

We hope to see you there, and Bring a Friend!


Demographic Snapshot And

Review Webinar

University of Illinois Extension will host a free webinar, Illinois Demographic Snapshot and Review, on Thurs., Oct. 20 from Noon to 1 p.m.

This local government education webinar is part of a fall series on economic development.  During this webinar, Zach Kennedy, University of Illinois Extension’s Community and Economic Development State Specialist, will provide Illinois’ “data snapshot,” present demographic and economic information about the state and its regions, and give participants the opportunity to ask specific questions.  As state specialist, Zach helps local governments, non-profit organizations and communities build their capacity to engage in data driven decision making and planning.  He holds two degrees from the University of Illinois including a Bachelor's degree in Economics, and a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning with a concentration in Economic Development. He is a PhD student in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Illinois, and his research interests are small-town planning and sustainable development. Kennedy is also the president of the Illinois Association of Community Development Extension Professionals (IL-ACDEP).

There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, registration is required in order to attend or contact Anne Silvis at 217-333-5126 or for more information.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, contact the extension office at (618)327-8881