Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday... well almost!

Wordless Wednesday comes to you from the Backyard Poultry Short Course being held in Montgomery County, PA. This class is a four week course that covers breeds, brooding, production of eggs and meat, housing, equipment, biosecurity, mortality, and so much more. The last class is a tour of a small scale poultry farm. These two pictures are from the first class this past Monday where we went over breed identification with real live chickens! It can't get any better than that! Hands- on learning is what we strive for in this class...

I can't just show you these pictures without a brief description of the breeds. So the first picture is a Brahma. The breed originated from India. They are a large heavy breed with beautiful coloring. The feet and legs are covered in feathers which make them so unique. This breed is known for their light brown eggs. The second picture (below) is an Old English Game bird. This is one of the most popular fighting chickens. Their muscle tone and body shape is a giveaway to their fighting genetics. The hens lay a creamish brown egg and are the highest producer of eggs of the fighting chicken breeds.

2 comments:

Junosmom said...

Cool! I wish we had such classes in our neighborhood. I've been keeping chickens for many years, but you can always learn something new.

Morgan Firestine said...

The class is so much fun to teach and I think the "students" really enjoy the live visuals!