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Composting and backyard chickens.

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Indoor Composting: Make and Take Home a Bakashi Bucket

Don’t throw away those scraps - up to 20% of household trash can be composted! The bokashi bucket system can be used year-round, it’s quick, convenient and has no household smells. In this hands-on session, you will construct and learn to maintain an indoor composting system capable of decomposing food and house plant trimmings for a family of four. In a space-saving bokashi system, effective microorganisms transform all types of kitchen waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment. All equipment, materials and handouts are provided and included in class fee. You’ll leave class with a working indoor composting system in the form of a bokashi bucket. Class offered in partnership with the Missouri Botanical Garden Earthways Center. Registration deadline 6/12. No refunds after this date. Senior discount does not apply.
ECOL:704 | $49
S01 Tu 7-8:30 p.m. Simon Warren
June 26 MC - SO, 108

Backyard Chickens for the Beginner

Have you thought about keeping chickens in your city or suburban backyard? There’s a lot to find out about before you get started. Learn about local ordinances and where to find more information for the area where you live. You’ll also hear about the benefits of keeping chickens, appropriate housing and feeding and different ways of keeping your chickens healthy and happy. Instructor has years of personal and professional experience and is an enthusiastic and knowledgeable, healthy chicken-farmer! Bring a sack lunch to class.
ECOL:705 | $35 | SR $23
S01 Sa 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Guy Niere
June 2 MC - SW, 105

New No Harm, No Fowl: Chicken Protection

Secure your investment in your chickens and ward off potential predators before they attack! There’s nothing worse than having your chickens attacked by a predator. If you’re new to raising chickens, you might not be aware of what predators are around. Or, you may think that since you live in the suburbs or within city limits, you don’t have to worry about predators. Take the offensive and learn how to protect your flock from dogs, birds of prey, foxes, coyotes, raccoons, possum, mink and weasels. Examine coop security: trapping through live traps, dog proof leg traps, snares, weasel box traps and body traps; netting; and simple tactics to scare off predators. You’ll also learn about the laws surrounding protection of your flock and the associated safety precautions of your actions.
ECOL:705 | $25 | SR $19
S02 Sa 10 a.m.-noon Guy Niere
June 16 MC - SW, 105

Backyard Chickens: Advanced

This session is for individuals who have been keeping chickens for a while and are looking for answers to their specific questions and an overview for more in-depth information on the following topics: diseases, parasites and treatments; chicken anatomy and egg development; incubation and broody hatching; culling and processing; breed characteristics, showing, and judging for standards of perfection, supporting heritage breeds; and changing ordinances. Bring your questions to class! This is an intermediate level class and will not include introductory information covered in previous class: Backyard Chickens for the Beginner.
ECOL:705 | $25 | SR $17.50
S03 Sa 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Guy Niere
June 9 MC - SW, 105

At the time of registration, adults 60 years and older may enroll in select courses for the reduced fee shown as the "SR" price. Reduction will be calculated at check-out in the online system.

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