Virtual Flock Talk: Getting Started with Chickens

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 12:00pm until 1:00pm

Live on Wilco Stores Facebook


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Are you interested in raising your own flock? Maybe you recently started and want to learn more, or you are a seasoned vet but want to pick up some new tips and tricks. We are excited to present a Live Virtual Flock Talk on Wednesday, February 15th at 12:00 pm PST. Learn how to get started with chickens from Purina’s own Patrick Biggs a Senior Nutritionist and Companion Animal Technical Solutions Expert.

What you can expect to learn:

• The process of brooding and raising chicks
• What to feed them
• What is best for their health and safety
• What to expect from your chickens

Who is Presenting:

Patrick Biggs
Senior Nutritionist and Companion Animal Technical Solutions

More about the Presenter:

It started with a college job at a pet store. Patrick brought home a cockatiel and from then on, he was all birds all the time, going on to specialize in poultry nutrition.

And we’re glad. Because as passionate as backyard flock owners are, the modern chicken is not as easy to manage as the chickens our grandparents kept. Patrick helps people sort fact from fiction to keep their chickens happy, healthy, and productive. He guides flock fanatics on oyster shells and chick treats, brown vs. white, and caring for an older hen that’s become a pet.

Patrick holds a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, he looked at different ways to manage flocks without antibiotics. He continues the work at Purina by developing feeds with prebiotics and probiotics to keep birds healthy.