Press-Republican

Columns

February 17, 2013

Chicken workshop offered

(Continued)

Since we live out in the country, we are able to let them free range during the day and lock them in their coop only at night for protection. While not everyone wants chickens walking about their lawn and driveway, it is quite amusing to see them come running when called to eat. There’s also nothing more satisfying than checking the nest box and finding the still warm eggs. In my opinion, fresh eggs from your own chickens just look and taste better than what you can get at the grocery store.

Chickens can serve a dual purpose. If you end up with too many roosters or just want to raise a dedicated meat bird, raising chickens for meat is fast and efficient. Since chickens are naturally omnivorous, in addition to grain, they will eat worms, bugs, food scraps and just about anything. Modern meat breeds like the Cornish Cross grow to size in seven to eight weeks but are often thought not to be as flavorful as the heritage breeds.

Standard breeds can be raised for broilers as well. The White and Barred Rock, Delaware, New Hampshire, Wyandottes and others such as the Freedom Ranger take a little longer to grow to full size, but are thought to taste better and be more suited to a free range or pasture situation.

If you are considering raising chickens this spring, Cornell Cooperative Extension will be holding a Chickens for Beginners workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. at the local office. How to select a chicken breed, housing, feeding, health care and basic chicken husbandry for both egg and meat birds will be some of the topics covered.

For more information or to register, contact the Clinton County Extension office at 561-7450 or email phh7@cornell.edu.

 

 

 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Columns
  • clute_cropped.jpg The Law and You: Police search of vehicles

    Because a car can be moved while a warrant is being obtained, authorities are given powers that let them act more quickly, writes former DA and judge, Penny Clute.

    August 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • ken_wibecan.jpg Another day in the life

    Each morning I rise from bed, slowly, as is my habit, and sit quietly on the bed contemplating the day that looms before me, writes columnist Ken Wibecan.

    August 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR small talk mug 081714 Corner store is no more

    Columnist Gordie Little offers a reminder of the little grocery stores of days gone by.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR skin deep mug 081714 High-end products worth the splurge

    Regardless of the price, writes columnist Felicia Krieg, she would buy the core group of her makeup products over and over again.

    August 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • paul_grasso.jpg Tax code needs overhaul

    Corporations may be criticized for exploiting loopholes, but it is the complex tax system that is at fault, according to columnist Paul Grasso.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hagar_mug1.jpg Ideas about soil health changing

    New techniques like no-til and cover crops can make soil healthier than conventional tillage, according to columnist Peter Hagar.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • colin_read.jpg Economy may have changed forever

    The Great Recession has reordered the workforce in a way that makes it unlikely it will ever be the same, according to columnist Colin Read.

    August 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Terry_Mattingly.jpg The dark side of fun funerals

    Something strange happened in American culture in the past decade or two: People started planning fun funerals, writes religion columnist Terry Mattingly.

    August 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR fit bits mug Developing power key to success

    While strength is important, the ability to generate power is required for many basic activities in life, writes columnist Ted Santaniello.

    August 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • PPR you had to ask mug 081014 Time to reel in youth sports parents

    Do not scream at a child that he's a loser, at least not in a language he understands, columnist Steve Ouellette writes.

    August 10, 2014 1 Photo

Peter Black: Canadian Dispatch

Lois Clermont, Editor

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Richard Gast: Cornell Ag Extension

Bob Grady

Guest Columns

Peter Hagar: Cornell Ag Connection

Health Advice
Ray Johnson: Climate Science
Gordie Little: Small Talk
Terry Mattingly: On Religion

Steve Ouellette: You Had To Ask

Colin Read: Everybody's Business

Pinch of Time