LIBERTY — The average hen lays over 300 eggs in a year, and two upcoming programs can help the public learn how to get started with backyard poultry or expand their existing knowledge of poultry farming.

The programs, led by Michelle Proscia, Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County agriculture subject educator, take place at the Extension Education Center, 64 Ferndale-Loomis Road in Liberty.

• Intro to Raising Poultry, held July 26 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will help people get started and learn proper breed selection; equipment needed; hatching and raising chicks and adult birds; and feeding, nutrition, and proper bird care.

• Advanced Poultry Farming, on Aug. 8 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., will help expand existing knowledge. Information will include ways to increase income from poultry, developing enterprise budgets for your flock, regulations for selling eggs and meat in New York State, and potential markets for your products.

Cost is $15 per person, per class; or $10 per class for CCESC enrollees.

Anyone can enroll in CCESC for an annual contribution of $25 and receive a monthly subscription to the Extension Connection magazine.

Program fees support the cost of instructors, refreshments, materials, and facilities.

Registration with nonrefundable payment is required in advance by visiting, emailing, or calling 292-6180.