Try your hand at backyard chickens

A class for people who have an interest in the benefits of raising their own chickens and/or turkeys will be held at the Stecoah Valley Center from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Raising poultry can provide fresh homegrown food and free fertilizer for flowers or vegetables.

Topics covered are breed types, purchasing and raising chicks, housing, food and water, breeding and broodiness, a discussion on butchering, diseases, and manure control. This class will also include a heritage turkey dinner with all the fixings and a tour of a small-scale poultry flock setup. $50.

The Stecoah Valley Center is located on N.C. 28 about 30 minutes west of Bryson City. www.Stecoahvalleycenter.com or call 828.479.3364.

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