Raising Backyard Chickens

PIC’s Raising Backyard Chickens Course on Saturday, March 21, 2020 – Cancelled 

We will continue to explore options for rescheduling this event, and continuing to offer education extension opportunities.

As people are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, the trend of raising back yard chickens is growing. Guelph approves the growing of chickens however many growers have questions about welfare, environment, winter management, manure management and health of their birds. The Poultry Industry Council’s course will help address some of these questions, as well as covering the basics of chick care, egg quality, feed and nutrition and disease management.  The course is being held Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm in Guelph at our office, 483 Arkell Road.  The registration fee is $95.00.  For further details refer to the information flyer posted below.

Click here for on-line registration.

Click here to access City of Guelph’s By-laws pertaining to the keeping of backyard chickens. See section 12-15 under “Animal Registrations”.

Here is what a few of the participants of our 2019 Backyard Basics course had to say:

  • So many incredible resources! Great analogies and simplified concepts. A thorough but digestible amount of information.
  • Great information for small flocks
  • Well focused on bird health & welfare
  • Lecturers were engaging and well-informed. Lots of excellent take home materials!

Want to learn more click here to be taken to our small flock, backyard chicken web-page for on-line learning modules and podcasts with Dr. Scott Gillingham.