Backyard Chickens 101 

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: To get to the sustainable urban eco-coop where he kicks it with pals and scarfs down composting scraps in exchange for a fresh supply of eggs and fertilizer. If that wasn't the punch line you were expecting, then you're probably an urban chicken-keeping novice. If that's the case, the Boise Urban Garden School wants to be your wing man. On Saturday, Jan. 30, BUGS is offering the intro class Food, Fertilizer and Pest Control: Your complete introduction to raising this amazing food source (and great pet), family style.

Though city regulations put the nix on noisy roosters, each household is allowed three hens inside Boise city limits. Touted as a sustainable way to produce your own free eggs while fertilizing for your garden, backyard chicken-raising has seen immense popularity over the past few years. The BUGS class, taught at the home of instructor Susan Medlin, will cover when, where and what breed of chicks to buy, as well as proper coop construction and feeding practices.

If you're afraid your spouse/little tyke will run around like a chicken with its head cut off while you're out of the house, fret not: You can bring them along free of charge. Other upcoming classes offered at BUGS include Square Foot Gardening on Feb. 26, Pest Management on March 20 and Preservation I and II on Sept. 18 and Oct. 2, respectively.

Saturday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m.-noon, $40, 5323 Hill Road, 208-424-6665,

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