Group Course Details

This Chicken Keeping Course is very informative, fun and gives you an opportunity to meet like minded people; come and see how it all works in a functional back garden. To allow for focused individual attention each course has a maximum of 6 people.

This one day chicken keeping course has been specifically designed for new and existing back garden keepers, to help you successfully start up and happily keep running. The aim of this course is to show you how easy and enjoyable keeping chickens can be, if done correctly; with hands-on advice and practical tips. It will help you select the right breed to suit you, based on your expectations of chicken keeping, look at important features to identify the right coop and show you how to keep your hens healthy and laying.

 Group Chicken Keeping Courses Cover:
  • Benefits and Rewards of Keeping Chickens and savings that can be made by owning your own hens.
  • Their Welfare Requirements: see and discuss chickens basic needs.
  • Breeds: an overview of the various breeds; you will be given an exercise to help you understand what your expectations are from a chicken, to help determine the most fundamental part of  chicken keeping ‘the right breeds to suit you’.
  • Housing outline various housing available and discuss the pros and cons of different houses; to help you make the right purchase. Guidelines of space required, nest boxes, perches etc. Tips for making your hens comfortable, safe and how to make it low maintenance.
  • Handling how to handle and hold your hens correctly, with practical handling on live hens and 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 of the importance of training your hens and how to train them.
  • Your First Eggs discuss when she will come into lay, how long it takes to produce an egg, the amount of eggs a breed can lay.
    Health: observe and discuss signs of health and sickness, preventative methods to keep them healthy and the supplements/medication available.
  • Parasites identification: signs of various external and internal parasites, treatment and actions to keep them at bay.
  • The Moult when and why does it occur, care and maintenance.
  • Broodiness identifying a broody hen, the problems and discuss ways of dealing with her.
  • All questions answered  And much much more…….


Times of course 10:30 to 15:00hrs.

A tasty two course lunch and refreshments will be provided free of charge (Please advise if you are vegetarian).

You will be given a free 33 page information pack to use as a reference book, containing all the information covered on the course (value £10).

The course will be held outside so you see how it all works (weather permitting).
Cost £55 per person.
A Non refundable deposit of £20 per person is required.

We reserve the right to cancel or postpone the course but will provide as much notice as possible (deposits will be returned if we do so) or we may amalgamate courses if attendance is low.

This group course is not suitable for children under the age of 14, children are fully catered for on the unique 1-2-1 course. Sorry no dogs.

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


15th  Apr   2012        – Full

29th  Apr   2012        – Space

20th  May   2012       – Spaces

03rd  Jun   2012        – Spaces

08th  Jul    2012        – Spaces

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 keeping course as run by organisations such as Chicken School.