Chicken in nest with eggs isolated on white

Keeping chickens and producing your own eggs in suburban and urban settings is therapeutic and has become quite popular.

Learn how to get started during a Backyard Urban Chicken Class from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, at the Volusia County Agriculture Center, 3100 E. New York Ave., DeLand.

Ashley Stonecipher, an agent with the UF/IFAS Extension Volusia County, will discuss chicken breeds, proper housing, general health care, nutrition, manure management and food safety. She will also explain how to find out if your property is approved for raising backyard poultry.

The registration fee is $15 per household. Each registration is good for all family members living at the same address. Registration and payment can be made at

Participants will receive teaching materials and a certificate of completion.

For more information, contact Stonecipher at 386-822-5778 or

-Pat Kuehn


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