SXSW Interactive 2014

Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup


The Austin and Central Texas Backyard Poultry Meetup Group is for people interested in backyard flocks of chickens, ducks, guineas, turkeys, geese, or other poultry for pets, eggs, meat, or exhibition. You just might be surprised at how many people living in your neighborhood are raising chickens and other poultry, in addition to gardening, composting, raising bees, and incorporating solar energy, rainwater harvesting and other clean and alternative energy solutions into their backyard food production.

If you are new to raising poultry, our members are always happy to share tips on getting started raising poultry. Chickens and other poultry are only one part of living a more sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyle, so we also address more advanced topics of integrating poultry into general food production and environmentally conscious practices.

This meetup is under the 501(c)(3) Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc.

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  1. How can I leverage technology to automate poultry operations? Apps, feeding automation, metrics, other?
  2. How do I get started raising chickens (or other backyard poultry)?
  3. What are associated costs with raising poultry? What are some pitfalls on raising poultry?
  4. I've been raising poultry for a couple of years. How can I take this green practice to "the next level" of implementing a more self-sufficient lifestyle?
  5. I want to "try before I buy". How can I participate in events that demonstrate how to raise poultry prior to purchasing any myself?



Shane Crawford, volunteer, Urban Poultry Association of Texas, Inc.

Meta Information:

  • Tags: sustainability
  • Event: Interactive
  • Format: Meetup
  • Track: Non-Profit and Activism
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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