Help With Backyard Chickens Offered

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Driving through rural eastern NC you are probably used to seeing hog houses and turkey houses but if you have driven through the cities recently, you may have noticed something unusual. Something that looks and sounds like chickens. But it can’t be chickens, right?? Wrong!

The popularity of “backyard chickens” has increased greatly in the past year, especially with the local food movement. In accordance with this popularity, the Wayne County Extension Office has decided to host a “Raising Backyard Chickens” workshop. The workshop will take place at the Wayne Center on Saturday, September 13th, from 9-10:30 am. We will finish just in time for you to attend the “Beak Week” Festival on Center Street in Goldsboro.

The FREE workshop will cover many basics, including: ordinances & regulations, bird types, housing, bio-security and general flock health. Information will be presented by Cooperative Extension agents—James Parsons, Poultry Area Specialized Agent, and Stefani Garbacik, Wayne County Livestock Agent. Morning refreshments will be provided and a list of suppliers will be shared so everyone knows where to get their feed, coops, fencing, etc. Registration is required, so call the extension office today to reserve your spot!

Here are some fun facts to get your brain going for the workshop on Saturday, September 13:

  • A baby chicken is a “chick”
  • A female chicken is a “pullet” until she is old enough to lay eggs, when she becomes a “hen”
  • Male chickens are called “roosters”
  • Most eggs are laid between 9 and 11 am
  • You can tell if an egg is fresh or stale by dropping it in water…fresh ones will sink
  • Chickens have full-color vision
  • Chickens establish a “pecking order” in social situations
  • Chickens can run at a speed of 9 mph
  • The chicken was the first bird to have it’s genome sequenced (in 2004)
  • Over 9 billion chickens are raised for food in the U.S. annually


Please visit for more information about the festival in Goldsboro and contact the Extension Office at (919) 731-1520 to register for the workshop. You can also visit the Wayne County Extension website at to learn more about the workshop, horticulture, crops, poultry, or livestock questions!!

Stefani Garbacik is a Livestock and Forage Extension Agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension. If you need any further assistance with forages or livestock concerns, please contact her at or (919) 731-1525.

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Photo of Stefani SykesStefani SykesExtension Agent, Agriculture - Livestock (919) 731-1525 stefani_sykes@ncsu.eduWayne County, North Carolina
Posted on Sep 5, 2014
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