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Mt. Desert Island Adult & Community Education

Backyard Chickens 101

with Jennifer Fisk


Raising chickens is often a great way to literally grow your own food. But how do you avoid getting roosters if you only want layers? Should you have a rooster with your hens? What’s a brooding box? What if a hen gets broody? What does that even mean? How much space do hens need? Does my town allow me to have chickens?

This class will answer these questions and help you choose the right breed/breeds, obtain birds from good sources and employ easy methods of husbandry from day old chicks to egg laying.

The first week will focus on raising egg laying chickens while the second week will focus on meat birds which is quite different from laying hens.

About Jennifer Fisk: She grew up in upstate NY and moved to MDI 49 years ago. She is a former US Customs Inspector. She moved from in town BH to Town Hill in 1995 and built Acadia Woods Kennel in 1996. She got her first chickens in 2002 or so. Currently she has a mixed laying flock, 3 heritage turkeys, 2 Nigerian goats, 5 Silver Fox rabbits, 2 cats and 2 German Shepherds. She grows a fairly good sized garden from which she freezes and cans. She also grew 15 meat chickens, 8 meat rabbits and 2 Broadbreasted White turkeys this year. Jennifer grows or sources locally almost all of her food.

  • Mar 12 - 19th, 2020
    Thu for 2 weeks from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

    Will run

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1081 Eagle Lake Rd.
Bar Harbor, ME 04609 Get directions

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