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Berkeley, California (Friday, May 27, 2016) - Come to a June 5 workshop and learn how to raise your backyard chickens in a way that's humane, conforms to laws and respects neighbors.

The workshop is geared to anyone interested in raising chickens - or currently doing so. The program will address issues ranging from chicken behavior and adopting from rescue shelters to minimizing common behavior problems and logistics, such as coop design and where to find equipment.

As urban farming and chicken husbandry increase in popularity, the workshop is an effort to provide vital information that keeps both the birds and the humans happy.

The workshop will be led by Carine Elkhoraibi, an Animal Welfare Scientist at UC Davis, Jane Batavia, a registered veterinary technician at Berkeley Animal Care Services, and Johnie Kindle, an animal control officer with Berkeley Animal Care services

While Berkeley Animal Care Services (BACS) has long been a popular place for East Bay residents to find new dogs and cats, the shelter also remains an excellent resource when it comes to learning how to care for pets of all kinds.

Berkeley Animal Care Services Chicken-Raising Workshop
Sunday, June 5, 11 am to 1 pm
Berkeley Animal Care Services
1 Bolivar Drive, Berkeley, CA 94710
Cost: FREE
Space is limited, so please RSVP to or 510-981-6603.

An open-admissions shelter, BACS is the first stop for Berkeley animals of any species who find themselves in need of shelter, care, or new homes. The more information available to help families keep their animals happy and safe is a win for the entire community.


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