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Penn State Extension is offering a new online course, Raising Poultry in Your Backyard.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State Extension is offering a new online course, Raising Poultry in Your Backyard, for people who are considering or are currently raising a flock for pets, home consumption of eggs or meat, or exhibition. This course will lead to a better understanding for flock owners and community advocates that poultry can be kept humanely and nuisance-free in urban, suburban and rural areas.

Modules within the course cover a wide array of principles that can assist in planning a poultry facility that is appropriate for your situation. These topics include selecting and purchasing appropriate breeds; taking care of poultry according to best management practices; practicing biosecurity to keep you and your flock safe and healthy; recognizing common poultry health issues and how to prevent or treat them; understanding the needs and practices of egg laying, meat and exhibition poultry operations; and keeping flock records for a successful operation.

Participants will earn a certificate of completion upon passing the course.

The introductory discount course price of $48.99 will run through the end of October. To learn more and register, visit the Penn State Extension website.

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