The University of Hawai'i Maui College and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) present a daylong workshop on raising chickens for egg and meat production, and building a chicken coop to house them.
Since the last egg farm left Maui in 2007, many consumers have had to turn to Mainland eggs. To reestablish a robust egg production system on Maui, chicken raising and tending must vastly increase.
On Saturday, June 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., workshop participants can learn about the best breeds of chickens for egg laying and meat production, alternative feeding strategies to minimize feed import, food safety issues and regulations that must be observed.
Chicken and Egg Production Workshop at University of Hawai‘i Maui College
The afternoon will be devoted to onsite building of a 10- by 10-foot chicken coop.
This combination of the information needed and the hands-on component will demonstrate how it is possible to get started raising and selling eggs and meat.
Michael Duponte, Livestock Cooperative Extension agent on Hawai'i Island, has offered this how-to workshop throughout the state.
"There is tremendous interest in raising chickens," Duponte said. "I've had people go through the workshop and go home and start their own business. As long as people understand how to do it legally, more and more chicken and eggs will be available locally."
Duponte instructs with Julius Ludovico, who has successfully obtained the producer/grower 20,000-bird exemption from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The workshop will take place in Makawao. Participants must bring their own tools, which are listed on the online registration page at edventuremaui.com.
Call 984-3231 to register, or get a 10 percent discount for online registration (use discount code MAUSUM2014).
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