Bespoke Course

Bespoke Chicken Keeping Courses for Pet Shops, Colleges, Schools  and other Organisations
Recommended by the Poultry Club of GB

The bespoke Chicken Keeping Course can be tailored to suit individual organisational needs

Support can be given regarding governed guidelines and legislations; we can also assist in completing Risk Assessments which relate to your particular organisation.

Each keeping chicken course is accompanied by excellent tailored presentation packs, These chicken keeping courses are available at Chicken School or your own premises.

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

To send an enquiry please use your companies e-mail address on our contact page and E-mail Val who will be pleased to help

Some Examples of completed courses and testimonials:

Frost Garden Centres

Frosts Garden Centre contacted the Poultry Club of Great Britain for advice on training their staff, they were advised to contact Chicken School. Frosts Garden Centre then commissioned Chicken School who successfully trained their staff in all four of their garden centres (Woburn Sands in Milton Keynes, Willington in Bedford, Brampton in Huntington and Millets Farm in Frilford).


Chicken School worked with Frosts Group Training Officer to understand their requirements and covered all areas of Chicken Keeping to ensure the staff provided a high standard of care for their poultry and to provide sound advice to customers.

Good solid ground work was undertaken in the classroom, by discussion and demonstrations, then outside to see the chickens and try out their new skills, such as; catching a chicken, checking for health, wing clipping and handling so everyone got the most from the training session


Comments from the Training Officer:

Val has been a great asset for our team at Millets Farm, we wanted to start selling poultry and needed an expert to train our staff. She delivered very comprehensive training in all aspects of chicken keeping, health & welfare.
Her workshops are a good balance of theory and practical, she has a very relaxed but engaging style and the team have thoroughly enjoyed working with her.

Jane Hargreaves, Frosts Group Trainer

Here are some of the comments from the team:

  • A lovely lady who has a real passion for her subject, which she enthuses this to everyone. Chicken School is great for first time chicken keepers & hobbyists. Emma, Aquatics Manager
  • Val delivered a step by step, yet comprehensive introduction to chicken keeping which she tailored well to our group with mixed knowledge & experience. The work book is a great help for reference too. The follow up question & answer session was a real help now that we have been working with poultry for a few months. Jeff, Horticultural Manager
  • Chicken School is really hands on and informative, lots of good advice and knowledge! Debbie, Garden Centre Assistant
  • I learned so much and Val gave the confidence to not only handle a chicken, but to clip a wing too all in one day!! Mark, Garden Care Manager
  • A great session, I learned so much and now feel confident helping out with the chickens. Margaret, Garden Centre Assistant

A big thank you from Frosts Garden Centre Group !!


Warner Leisure Hotels

Chicken school signed a contract with Warner Leisure Hotels who were looking to expand their portfolio of experience breaks at: Cricket St Thomas, Holme Lacy, and Littlecote House. Offering Chicken Keeping Courses as part of their experience breaks.

In the classroom for the theory

Outside for the practical (joined by staff in period costume)










Some Testimonials From Customers

  • Very Experienced, Knowledgeable and Professional! This Course is for anyone passionate about chicken keeping…
  • Very informative and enjoyable course
  • You would be chicken to miss out..


Webbs Garden Centre

Webbs Garden Centre commissioned Chicken School to train their staff to look after the poultry they were selling to the public and to assist staff in helping customers with day to day care, as well give assistance with a risk assessment.

Testimonials From Staff

A very enjoyable and informative day, just what we all needed…Thanks Val


Whitehall Garden Centre

Whitehall Garden Centre commissioned Chicken School to train their staff to look after the poultry they were selling to the public and to assist staff in helping customers with day to day care.

Practising wing clipping

 Testimonials From Staff

Val came to whitehall GC to give us a day’s training on chickens. Although we have kept and sold poultry for a year or two we felt it important to have as much up to date knowledge to impart to our customers as possible.Our day started with general aspects of poultry keeping ie;- handling live poultry, wing clipping, checking beaks how to catch and hold with-out stressing the poultry too much. We then moved on to all the main need to know areas, such as housing, nutrition, pests and diseases. With a comprehensive question and answer session on each topic we all had an interesting, informative and enjoyable day.


Thame Partnership of Schools

Thanks to Val we can now move forward with our ‘Chicken project’.

We needed help with a risk assessment for an Extended Schools project. This was a joint venture with Lord Williams’s Secondary School and Mill Lane Primary School in Thame, Oxfordshire.

The older children were building the chicken coops, the younger children incubating the eggs. With the involvement and responsibility of rearing and caring for the chickens and the knock on production of eggs, we hoped to engage children from both school, inspiring their learning and increasing their self esteem.

If successful we would roll this project out to the other eight primaries in our Partnership. We had to get it right, but although we had done a lot of ground work, we really didn’t know where to start with the health and safety issues and the risks involved.

When set with the challenge, Val did the research, contacted Defra, and using her vast knowledge pulled out the relevant areas based on health and welfare and issues relating to schools. We then had a very productive afternoon and finished by reviewing the risks involved.

We were all very impressed by Val’s preparation, the detailed and clear presentation, together with the amount of information that Val had put together. At times it was quite daunting but we ended up even more determined, confident and convinced that the benefits of this project were enormous.

Thank you Val from the Thame Partnership of Schools

Anne Walkinshaw Extended Services, Thame Partnership of Schools

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

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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