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Residents wanting to raise chickens on their property should register now to attend
the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service’s Small Flock Poultry Expo Nov. 2-3 at
the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
“Interest in backyard poultry production has been growing markedly in recent years,
but it is important to know and follow the correct ways to raise and sell chickens
to ensure the well-being of people, the birds and the environment in which the chickens
are raised,” said JJ Jones, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension area agricultural
Jones added backyard poultry operators should think of the expo as “one-stop shopping,”
where they can get the latest research-based information and management recommendations
in an easy-to-understand format.
The expo will take place from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 2 and from 9 a.m. to noon on
Nov. 3. The Cleveland County Fairgrounds are located at 615 E. Robinson St. in Norman,
behind the Cleveland County Extension Office. Cost is $20 if pre-registering by Oct.
26 and $25 thereafter. The registration form is available online at http://backyardchickens.okstate.edu.
“We will be accepting registrations at the door,” Jones said. “However, we ask participants
to pre-register if possible as it greatly aids our planning and helps ensure we have
sufficient numbers of meals, refreshments and conference materials on hand. We will
be serving dinner on Nov. 2, which is included in the cost of registration.”
Keynote speakers will include Dr. Fred Clark, University of Arkansas poultry veterinarian;
Dr. Keith Bailey, OSU veterinarian and director of the Oklahoma Animal Disease Diagnostic
Laboratory; Christine Heinrichs, author of “The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens”;
and Chad Ward of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association. In addition
to the keynote addresses, there will be breakout sessions led by experts from OSU
Among the featured conference topics will be in-depth discussions detailing basic
needs and costs relative to backyard flocks; poultry nutrition; …