Manchester to offer workshop on backyard chickens

MANCHESTER — The Eastside Neighborhood Resource Center, a division of the Office of Neighborhoods and Families, will hold a workshop on raising backyard chickens.

The workshop will aim to educate the people about the responsibilities and joys that come with raising back yard chickens.  It will cover the life cycle of chickens, breed varieties, housing, predators, and feeding.

Rosaleen Torrey, division supervisor for the Office of Neighborhoods and Families, says that the demand for something like this has been growing since the town of Manchester passed new poultry rules three years ago.

The 2015 ordinance said that residences can have up to 12 hens on single-family properties if they are properly housed, sanitary, and at least 25 feet away from other houses.

“For a long time, Manchester was a farming community.  Then the mall came in and changed that,” said Torrey. “The past years have been sort of an agricultural revival.”

The revival has inspired some residents to return to agricultural roots.  The workshop is an acknowledgement of the changing needs of a community that is slowly starting to reprioritize nature, according to Torrey.

Bettylou Sandy will lead the workshop.  Sandy is a community garden coordinator and consultant, as well as a champion for organic and sustainable agriculture in the town of Manchester.

The workshop will take place Wednesday, March 21, from 6 to 8 p.m.  It will cost $20 for residents and $25 for non-residents. People of all ages are welcome.

Originally published by the Journal Inquirer