Introduction to Keeping Chickens

Saturday 21st May 10:00am - 4:00pm

Adult tickets: £59.00

A one-day introduction to looking after your own hens

If you’re considering keeping chickens, curious about what’s involved or are new or inexperienced and would like to gain confidence, this informal course provides an eggs-cellent (sorry!) introduction to the popular hobby of poultry keeping. The course is designed for beginners, so no previous hands-on experience or theoretical knowledge is required.

Led by enthusiastic tutor John Shepherd, an experienced chicken-keeper and smallholder, the course aims to cover all aspects of chicken husbandry so that you leave feeling confident about caring for your birds.

The course will cover:

  • A brief introduction to the origin and history of poultry-keeping and breeds
  • What you’ll need to get started
  • Where to purchase your birds
  • Types of housing
  • Management strategies
  • Feed and daily routine
  • Welfare and health
  • Common problems and treatments
  • Selling eggs and the law

There will be a hands-on and practical session where you will learn how to perform an examination and administer simple treatments.

A light lunch will be provided along with tea and coffee. Please note any dietary requirements at the time of booking.

Please arrive at 9:45am for tea/coffee, for a 10:00am start.

We want our events to be accessible for all – please let us know if you require any additional information or adjustments and we will do our best to accommodate you. We offer free tickets to essential companions – please use the ‘Any Special Requirements’ box at checkout to let us know if you would like to book one. You can also contact us on or 01732 463255 to chat about your requirements.

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