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Chicken Workshop – Understanding Basic Ownership
9 February 2019 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pmFree
Presented by Evan Bayley and Georgie Murray
With special guest speaker Dr Lou Baskind
Saturday, 9 February 2019 | 9.30am – 12.30pm
(followed by a light lunch)
THIS IS A FREE WORKSHOP
Chickens are the ultimate sustainability machine in the garden and the paddock. They happily scratch up weeds, seeds, and grubs while feeding the soil with their manure and spreading it around. Their scratching helps break up and creating more topsoil while fertilising it to create a more diverse and healthier pasture/garden to thrive. They are also a good supplier of fresh quality eggs.
If you already have chickens or you’re thinking of getting some – whether it be for your backyard or for commercial production of chicken or their eggs, this workshop will help develop your understanding of a range of important considerations, such as:
- Introduction to owning chooks and their needs – housing, feeding, watering, space, protection
- Chook health – prevention vs cure
- Biosecurity and the role of the LLS
- Basic nutrition and feeding
- Creating a healthy environment
- Integrating chooks into your system
- Protecting your chooks
Evan Bayley –A small-scale livestock farmer based in Turlinjah, south of Moruya. Currently, he’s grazing 25 head of cattle along with 200 chickens on 45 acres and looking at increasing his flock to 400 chickens. His chickens play a vital component of his holistic management plan.
Georgie Murry – Learning about chickens on Green Gate organic
farm in Albury, she helped manage a small flock of laying hens integrated with pigs, sheep and vegetable production. Currently, she has a small flock of chickens that provide fresh eggs for her and the neighbours.
Dr Lou Baskind District Veterinarian for LLS in Braidwood. After working in vet practices in the Southern Tablelands region, she identified a knowledge gap around non-commercial small flock poultry health. She took on the role of “chook vet” and completed a backyard poultry medicine courses through the University of Sydney and the Royal Veterinary College, UK. Since moving into the LLS role she also works with free-range, pastured and organic commercial egg producers.
WHEN: Saturday, 9 February 2019 9.30am – 12.30pm followed by a light lunch – Morning tea will also be provided.
WHERE: SAGE Garden – 110 Queen Street, Moruya
WHO: Anyone with an interest in chickens, from the backyard owner to commercial operators
RSVP ESSENTIAL: Book your place by Thursday 7 February – scroll to the end of this page.
CONTACT: Sandra Makdessi SAGE Education Officer, email email@example.com or Andrew Taylor Senior Land Services Officer LLS, phone 02 6491 7806