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Want to raise chickens?

By Margaret Hartley
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I got my first flock of chickens when I was 16, and though that was pretty much a disaster, I’ve kept chickens successfully for the past couple of decades.

I love having chickens. The eggs are so good we can’t eat store-bought eggs any more, and chickens are nice — friendly and funny. They take time, and they take care, but if you think you might like to start your own flock, check out an upcoming program in Troy put on by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County.

The Extension is hosting “Poultry 101” from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16 at their office at 61 State St. in Troy. The class will be in the second floor conference room.

Aimed at both chicken newbies and people looking to expand their flocks or increase production, the course will cover topics including housing, feeding, basic flock maintenance and choosing a breed that’s best for your needs. The program costs $7 and advance registration is preferred. For more information, contact Kirk Shoen at 272-4210 ext 113; 951-9464 or

Click here for an old Greenpoint entry about raising chickens.

Margaret Hartley is the Gazette’s Sunday and features editor. Greenpoint appears in the Gazette’s print edition Sundays on the Environment page.

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