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— Michelle Toombs, Director Marigold Library System

Backyard Chickens 101: Your Feathered Friends

Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm

This presentation will get you thinking about what is involved in keeping backyard chickens and if it is right for you!

Topics covered include:

  • time and financial commitment,
  • building a coop,
  • different breeds,
  • where to buy chickens from,
  • diseases,
  • finding a vet to treat your chickens, and more!

There will be an opportunity to ask questions afterward and additional resources will be presented.

*This session will be recorded and made available on the Marigold Library System YouTube Channel

*Broadcast from Okotoks Public Library

Presented by Cassandra Kirkpatrick, in partnership with Alberta Farm Animal Care.

Cassandra Kirkpatrick's first memory of chickens was when she raised baby chicks in ECS! In 2009, she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor's in Agriculture, majoring in Animal and Poultry Science. After University, she worked in the commercial poultry industry, becoming a certified Poultry Welfare Auditor through PAACO.

In 2016, Cassandra became involved in the Town of High River's plan to allow urban hens. After the bylaw was passed, Cassandra and her husband started construction on their own backyard chicken coop which they call 'Cluckingham Palace'! 

Cassandra has worked with many communities in Southern Alberta, teaching residents about what is involved in keeping backyard chickens. In 2017, she worked with Alberta Farm Animal Care to create a suite of Small Flock/Urban Hen resources, including writing a manual. 

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