Chicken Cram School Day Course
This course will include outdoor activity regardless of the weather but some activities may be taken inside the bell tent in poor weather conditions where possible.
Are you thinking about getting chickens but don’t know where to start?
Would you like to get some real chicken practice before you hurl yourself into the responsibility of keeping chickens?
Do you already own chickens but want some more information and tips on how to look after them?
This course is designed for anyone who wants to peak into the exciting world of chicken keeping and find out if it’s the right move for you.
This is an overview of chicken keeping crammed into a single day (with paperwork you can take home with you so you remember!). We will also offer up more specific detailed courses soon which will include:
- Everything Eggs
- Cleaning and feeding
- Health & Care
- Integrating new chickens to a flock
This course will be held at our Sustainable Life Cabin next door to the Bissell Wood Equestrian Centre.
The course starts at 10am at the cabin and finishes at 4pm. Please bear in mind parking is situated on Deansford Lane and therefore a 20 minute walk is required from the carpark to the cabin that you will need to factor in.
This course will cover:
- Introduction to the flock – Get the chance to handle the chickens and get to know them.
- Introduction to hutches – Look at two different types of hutches and runs and discuss which ones are suitable for you. Talk about space requirements for each bird and flock sizes. Why it’s important to have a spare hutch and run.
- Cleaning – Chickens require a lot of cleaning even if it’s just two birds. Learn about the difference between deep cleaning and bedding down and when it is appropriate to use them. Spend some time cleaning the hutches with your fellow chicken team members and learn about different cleaning tools and materials.
- Feeding/Drinking – Feed our chickens and re-fill their drinkers, we have a wide selection of small scale and large scale feeders and drinkers to look at so you can decide which will be the right choice for you. We will also look at other aspects of feeding such as winter tips and supplementary foods.
- Health & Care – Look at the different medications for treatment and prevention for chickens, how much they cost and what to do. Learn how to spot an ill chicken using a variety of indicators. Learn about cutting wings and trimming nails and spurs.
- Planning for your own chickens – we will take each of you step by step through the process of deciding the number of chickens, the type of hutch and run, the breed of chickens, the space required, the materials you will need to get started and the costs of chicken keeping. You will each leave with a solid action plan for owning your own chickens and looking after them as well as a real idea of what it’s like to look after chickens, how much time you will spend with them and how much they cost (and how much therefore eggs are really worth!).
WHAT WE WILL NEED FROM YOU
- A satellite view map of where you are thinking of having chickens and a rough measurement of how big that area is (bring along on the day). YOU WILL NOT BE JUDGED – we will give you real practical advice and tips on how to keep chickens in that area successfully and offer help with improvement ideas and reccomendations on a one-on-one basis.