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Community college offers course in raising chickens

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Manchester Community College is offering a course on how to raise chickens in your backyard (WFSB) Manchester Community College is offering a course on how to raise chickens in your backyard (WFSB)
Bettylou Sandy will be teaching the course. (WFSB) Bettylou Sandy will be teaching the course. (WFSB)
MANCHESTER, CT (WFSB) -

More towns and cities are letting homeowners raise chickens right in their own backyards.

In fact, it’s so popular that the local laws are being changed to allow it.

Bettylou Sandy is an instructor at Manchester Community College, and she also has three hens who she treats as pets, and knows a lot when it comes to raising them.

“When you first buy a baby chick, they're so cute but they need special care, extra heat, food and medication. They need a large space and different food,” Sandy said.

That is what her two-day course at Manchester Community College will cover—everything from purchasing hens, where to keep them, what food they eat, and how to get them to lay eggs.

Her three chickens lay between two and three eggs per day, and it is fresher than anything you’ll ever find in a grocery store.

“Brown eggs and some give blue eggs and some give blue eggs, most of the eggs we get in the grocery stores are weeks old and sometimes months old,” Sandy said.

In Manchester, there’s a new chicken law that allows the raising of backyard chickens, but the laws for other communities vary depending on where you live.

The fad is catching on as more and more people want to know where their food comes from.

The course is still open and costs $55. It will be offered at Manchester Community College for two sessions on Monday, March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday, March 12 from 9 to 11 a.m.

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