Backyard Poultry program

MILO, ME— Backyard Poultry is the latest program in the You Can series.  It will be held Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm at Penquis Valley High School in Milo. Cost is $10 and you can register through PVAEC by calling 564-6525 or online at

Even though times are tough, YOU CAN sustain your family. The Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have put together a series of workshops that will give you the skills to get started in self-sufficiency.

If you’re thinking about getting started with backyard poultry you’re not alone. Thousands of people across the country are starting their very own backyard flock and you can too!  You no longer have to live on a farm to enjoy the benefits of a backyard flock. Chickens provide families with fresh, nutritious eggs. Chicken manure is a valuable addition to your compost bin and adds needed nutrients to your garden’s soil. Chickens also help reduce your household food waste, because they eat a variety of table scraps.  They also eat insects helping to reduce your backyard insect population.  Chickens can be raised for meat as well.  Attend this workshop to learn what it takes to have poultry.  Breeds, housing, health, and nutrition will be discussed.  Donna Coffin of the Ext Office has her Master of Science degree in Animal Science,  Dick Brzozowski has degrees in Animal Science and has served as a county agriculture educator.  There will be an $18.95 charge for the optional class book:  Storeys Guide to Raising Chickens.

UMaine Extension programs are open and accessible to all in accordance with program goal. Any person with a disability who needs accommodations for this program should contact Amanda Miles at 1-800-287-1491 to discuss their needs at least 10 days in advance.

For more than 90 years, University of Maine Cooperative Extension has supported UMaine’s land-grant public education role by conducting community-driven, research-based programs in every Maine County.