This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds.
- Learn about different breeds – Which are best for your situation? Large fowl or bantam? Heavy breeds or light breeds?
- What sort of housing and space do they need?
- Bedding, cleaning, health and hygiene.
- Pests, parasites and common diseases.
- What do they eat?
- How many eggs can you expect?
- 3 hours, usually 9.30am to 12.30pm, available on demand on most Saturdays.
We spend a couple of hours outdoors looking at real-life examples of housing and pens, from converted dog kennels to an Omlet Eglu, handling some birds and talking about health and feeding.
For the last forty-five to sixty minutes, we come back indoors and over tea and coffee we have a general question and answer session based around what we have seen outside. We also have a look at the fourteen-page course booklet that participants go home with, that I hope covers everything that has been talked about during the afternoon.
You will need to bring sturdy footwear and clothes you don’t mind being close to a slightly nervous and potentially dirty-footed hen. If it’s absolutely pouring down, the outdoor aspects of the course might be curtailed slightly.