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Backyard Poultry Workshop

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Jackson County Extension Office, 402 Ava Rd., Murphysboro, IL 62966

Backyard Poultry Workshop

While chickens are a popular choice for backyard poultry, you may consider turkeys, ducks, geese, or even quail too. Join Local Foods and Small Farms Educator Katie Bell as she explores the different options during a free program* on March 9 at 5:30 p.m. in Murphysboro.

Program highlights include:

  • Breed selection
  • Poultry health
  • Nutrition requirements
  • Fencing needs
  • Housing recommendations

Register by calling (618) 687-1727 or visit

*Illinois Extension continues to take precautionary measures against the Avian flu. Live poultry will not be featured during this program.

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Maggie Ray at Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs. 

Explore the Modern Homesteading Series

Whether you live in the third story of an apartment or on a 10-acre plot of land, learning homesteading skills can help bring you and your family closer to the food you eat. Collecting eggs, tending the garden, canning, drying herbs - all these things and so much more can help you in your everyday life to become more connected to your food, family, and community. Join Illinois Extension each month as we host a series of free modern homesteading programs. Unless otherwise noted, all programs will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Extension office at 402 Ava Rd. in Murphysboro, IL, 62966. For a full list of topics and to register for upcoming programs, please visit

Scheduled Topics:

  • Composting- March 28
  • Organic Gardening; Weeds, Pests, and Disease Problems - April 6
  • Growing Pumpkins - April 20
  • Seed Saving - May 9
  • Live Animal Demo-Body Conditioning - May 11
  • Tools for the Homestead - June 6
  • Growing Flowers and Herbs - June 15
  • Weathering the Storm - June 22
  • Canning - July 11
  • Common Noxious Weed Identification - August 1
  • Harvest Dinner - September 21
  • Bee Keeping- Leedle Bees - October 24