With the recent increase in egg prices across the country, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System is offering a little help to get residents started on building their own chicken coops.

The Cooptastic Conference will be held on March 4, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana.

"There are so few of these opportunities designed just for backyard poultry growers," said poultry specialist Brigid McCrea. "This conference will have wonderful opportunities for people to speak one-on-one with some of the foremost individuals in the world of poultry science."

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Anyone wanting to start a coop and even experienced poultry growers will be able to participate in the conference and learn more about an in-demand process. The Extension said there are many things for people to consider before starting their own coop.
"There is a lot of misinformation about raising backyard chickens circulating across social media at the moment," McCrea said. "Extension provides you with solid, science-based information because we care about the welfare of your flock."
Some of the topics that will be discussed include basic nutrition, poultry behavior, egg incubation and processing chicken.
To register for Cooptastic, visit the Alabama Extension Store online at www.aces.edu/go/Cooptastic. The cost to register is $20, and lunch is included.
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