Published on 04/16/14

Northeast Georgia backyard poultry workshop scheduled for May

By Merritt Melancon

University of Georgia Extension will offer a Backyard Flock Poultry Workshop May 1st in downtown Comer.

The after-work workshop, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Comer Travel Museum, will cover backyard poultry basics like breed selection, housing and nutrition, but will also cover more advanced topics like egg sales and disease and parasite prevention.

“This will be a workshop where beginners are going to learn a lot,” said Madison County Extension Agent Adam Speir. “But if you have had chickens for a while, you will still be able to get something out of it.”

Experts from UGA Extension, the Georgia Poultry Laboratory Network and the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be on hand to answer questions.

UGA’s Madison County Extension office is hosting the workshop, but poultry fanciers from all over northeast Georgia are invited to attend.

The workshop is $10 per person and will include dinner and class materials. Call 706-795-2281 by April 28 to register. For more information or for directions to the Comer Travel Museum, call the Madison County Extension office at 706-795-2281 or email

Merritt Melancon is a public relations manager with UGA's Terry College of Business and previously served as a public relations coordinator for the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and UGA Extension.

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