Extension to hold Poultry Disease Prevention Class

Published 3:39 pm Wednesday, January 17, 2024

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Lowndes County Extension is sponsoring a Poultry Disease Prevention Class Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. 

The event is to be held at the Lowndes County Extension Office located inside the Courthouse Annex in Hayneville. 

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Dr. Brigid McCrea, the state small flock poultry extension specialist, said many area residents requested the class, which led to this series being sponsored. 

“Small backyard flock owners demanded this subject matter when we did our review of what programs [people] wanted and in cooperative extensions we respond to the needs of the people,” McCrea said.  

The class will be presented by McCrea, and she will discuss the simple and overlooked things that people need to know about simple disease prevention measures in their backyard chicken flocks. 

The class will highlight many of the ways to keep their flocks healthy, such as the ways to determine if there is an issue with the flock, how to isolate them, who to take them to, as well as ways to determine whether their eggs will be safe to consume. 

“Most backyard flock owners turn to the internet for easy information and it’s usually not science-based information. These classes will combat a lot of incomplete information from the internet,” McCrea said.

Although this class is free of charge and open to the public, in order to ensure that there are enough teaching supplies available, the Lowndes Extension office asks anyone interested in attending to register by calling 334-548-2315. 

“The goal of Extension is to share research-based information with people in a manner they can understand,” said Tana Shealey, county extension coordinator. “It’s also important that people understand how disease travels through flocks and ways to prevent disease being transmitted and that they receive this information firsthand.”