1-2-1 Chicken Keeping Course

Val prides herself in knowing that existing and future chicken keepers complete the course happy, contented and armed with all the necessary knowledge, to keep healthy chickens in their back garden.

This course will give you essential information to carry out preventative methods to stop problems arising and equip you with the knowledge should a problem occur.

The specialist 1-2-1 chicken keeping course is tailored to suit you, based on your current knowledge and experience, it is ideal for the whole family or whoever will be caring for the chickens; children are especially welcome.

The bespoke course is also ideal for Smallholders, Schools, Colleges, Pet Shops and other organisations.


Chicken Keeping Course Content:

  • Benefits and Rewards of Keeping Chickens.
  • The cost of keeping chickens and the savings you can make
  • The Ease of Keeping Chickens: a chicken’s basic needs and welfare requirements
  • Breeds: discuss and help with the importance of choosing the right breed to match your expectations
  • Housing: the Importance of choosing the correct coop, review a housing checklist; discuss the pros and cons of different coops available to help you make the right purchase. Guidelines of space required, nest boxes, perches etc. Tips for making your hens comfortable and safe; how to make it low maintenance.
  • Handling: how to handle and hold your chickens correctly, with practical handling on live hens and advice on inspecting health.
  • Feeding: present the various feeds available giving their advantages and disadvantages; along with other essential requirements to their diet. Tips on rodent distraction.
  • Predators consider who they are, danger times and ways to protect your hens.
  • Training: demonstration and discussion, how and why you need to train them
  • Eggs: your first eggs discuss when she will come into lay, how long it takes to produce an egg and the amount of eggs a breed can lay.
  • Health: observe and discuss signs of health and sickness; ‘what to look for’, preventative methods to keep them healthy and the supplements/medication available.
  • Parasites: the signs of various external and internal parasites, treatment and preventative methods to keep them at bay.
  • Moulting: when and why it occurs, care and maintenance to help the process.
  • Broodiness: identifying a broody hen, the problems and discuss ways of dealing with her.
  • Flying Hens: the advantages and disadvantages and how to clip a wing.
  • The Pecking Order: top chick and the hierarchy
  • Every day, weekly and monthly / quarterly care required
  • Your new arrivals: settling them in their new home
  • Dustbaths: it’s function, how to make one and additives to maintain good health
  • Introducing new hens: helping make the difficult transaction easy.
  • Cockerels, discuss the pros and cons
  • All questions answered and much much more…….

Child Handling a hen at Chicken School

Training Available at Your Premises (travel expenses extra) or Come to The Chicken School & See How it All Works.

For a Family of up to 4 (2 adults, 2 children) – weekday £135.00 – Weekends £160.00 Duration of approximately 3.5hrs.

A Non refundable deposit of £40 is required.  Sorry no dogs.

A Free 34 page Information Booklet Available to use as a Reference (value £10) Plus refreshments and a tasty lunch.

To book a chicken course, please use our contact page to speak to Val

Qualified: Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Leaning Sector (PTLLS). Fully Insured and CRB Checked

Chicken school students

We reserve the right to cancel the course but will provide as much notice as possible (deposits will be returned if we do so).

What some of our customers say:

for a full list of testimonials please click here

Rev. Carol Stone – Swindon

It’s difficult to know where to begin…It started with my poorly Gertie – a Rhode Island red crossed with a Light Sussex. Traumatised and no longer laying she had quickly changed from being lively and independent to a very sickly chicken indeed. I was desperate for help and advice. A phone call to Val was the beginning of a journey that was to be a roller coaster of emotions that took me from the depths to the heights and every station in between! Val – a complete stranger welcomed us both and in all the agony of Gertie’s deteriorating condition proved a constant source of strength, kindeness and encouragement. Val’s considerable experience was invaluable – she told me exactly how things stood and could not have done more for Gertie or myself! How did it end? A trip to the vets – to the Great Western Referrals Practice here in Swindon. There was no doubt in all our minds that Gertie was dying and the only decision left was whether surgery could save her or not. It all happened last week-end and I am thrilled to say that Gertie pulled through and is now doing fantastically! She lost a third of her body weight in the operation – a mass of eggs and shells and yoke. There was no way she could have healed herself – the surgeon said she was also awash with infection. She returned home last Saturday evening the same day as the surgery and has been nursed back to health over this past week. Just to see her now is such a joy – scratching and strutting around and running as fast as her legs will carry her whenever I appear out of the back door! What a time we all have had! Thank you Val for everything. I cannot express enough how you made the difference when everything seemed so bleak.I shall always have occasion to be grateful for your kindness, constancy and sheer professional knowledge. Without your help I cannot begin to contemplate how things would have worked out. I wish you every success in the important work that you continue to do.
With my sincere thanks,

Neil Forbes (Recognised RCVS and European College Specialist in Bird Medicine) states that it is imperative that poultry owners are well informed and trained in the care and husbandry of their birds. Neil states that suitable training is most readily gained by attending a chicken course as run by organisations such as Chicken School.

About Val

Val always wanted to keep hens. Her first experience of hen keeping was moving to a house with a garden many years ago. She tried hard to gain experience by reading as many books as possible, but found that nothing beats hands on experience... which you cannot get until you attend a course or have your chickens.

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