Raising Backyard Chickens

Live Webinar March 27th, 2021

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The trend of raising backyard chickens is growing. People are becoming more interested in where their food comes from, and want to ensure access to quality eggs and chicken, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Guelph, along with other municipalities in Canada, approves the growing of chickens however many have questions about welfare, environment, winter management, manure management, and maintaining good health of their birds.

The Poultry Industry Council’s webinar along with Al Dam, OMAFRA’s Poultry Specialist, addressed these questions, as well as covering the basics of chick care, egg quality, feed and nutrition, and disease management. 

  • Have your questions answered
  • Troubleshoot
  • Learn about useful equipment
  • Ensure animal welfare and biosecurity 

Want to hear more about the course, watch this short informational video.


PIC’s “Raising Backyard Chickens” spring 2020 webinar recording and materials are available on-line. The 3-hour recording is available at a cost of $25.  Click here to register. 

We're adding new content!  Stay tuned to learn about how to winterize your coop and much more.

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!