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'April Fowl's Day' weekend events kick off Saturday

Posted: April 4, 2014 - 12:01am

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Juneau office will host the annual Chicken Summit event Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 in Juneau. The two-day event will feature lectures, panels, workshops and tours to learn the best practices of all-things-chicken from local chicken owners and state experts. Topics include coop design and materials, poultry health and feeding, breed information, butchering, processing, cleaning eggs, manure management and predator control.

On Saturday, April 5, University of Alaska Southeast will host the first series of discussions and workshops. From 8:30 a.m. to noon, seminars and panel discussions will be held at UAS’ Egan Lecture Hall. At 1 p.m., a poultry processing demonstration will be held at Swampy Acres, followed by Valley Tour de Coup and a poultry processing practicum. The poultry processing practicum is an additional $20 fee to purchase a specially raised chicken from Swampy Acres and learn how to process it yourself. Tickets for the day’s events are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

On Sunday, April 6, an informal “Chicken Chat” will be held with local chicken owners and others that are interested from 10 a.m. to noon at Silverbow Inn and Bakery. From 1 to 5 p.m. the Tour de Coup of Douglas and downtown will be held, beginning at the Bill Ray Center. To wrap up the day, a chicken and egg creative canning and cooking class will be held where participants will learn how to cut, can and cook a chicken as well as boil, cook and pickle eggs. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

To register or for more information call 796-6221.

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