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Our Chicken Keeping Courses Details
Due to UK wide Avian Influenza risks and the need to maintain high biosecurity, we are not running our face-to-face chicken keeping courses at the moment. HOWEVER—we have produced an online version which went live on the 1st December 2020 – see below. Face to face courses will restart as soon as the situation has improved.
Why do I need to take a chicken keeping course?
- Do you enjoy learning new skills?
- Have you always wanted to keep chickens but lack the knowledge and skills to do so?
- Are you thinking that your garden is not suitable for chicken keeping?
- If so, we have a poultry keeping course that is right up your alley.
Getting chickens before learning how to keep them is like putting the cart before the horse…
Keeping chickens is very enjoyable but unless you get your equipment and poultry keeping skills up to scratch then it could end up an expensive and stressful experience. It’s always wise to act on any new venture from a position of knowledge and caring for chickens is no different. Getting chickens before learning how to keep them is like putting the cart before the horse. Here is where our courses for chicken keeping come in. Our courses aim to give you a very solid foundation in how to care for chickens and help you make sensible and cost effective equipment choices. The courses will give you that all-important confidence boost that you are doing it right. Animals deserve the best care and the best conditions but doing it efficiently will also make YOU happy too.
Reading books and loitering around Facebook poultry groups or browsing the internet can only go so far before you think that you’re “drowning” in unsubstantiated opinion and conflicting comment. You only have to spend a few hours on FB before you realise there are LOTS of conflicts and LOTS of poorly and unanswered questions. Most of the comments are regurgitated drivel that have no basis in fact and plenty that are actually downright dangerous. If you love chickens, you will do both you, and your chickens, a huge favour by becoming skilled in chicken husbandry and care.
It is not just the equipment you need to get right, so our poultry keeping courses cover other aspects too. We have answers to many many questions – even those you never thought you needed to ask! These courses are therefore literally a huge treasure trove of chicken information.
- How difficult can it be? Avoid the pitfalls that can make your chickens sick
- Choosing the right equipment that will save you precious time and money – get it RIGHT FIRST TIME
- Correct feeding and care of your chickens – to keep them in tip-top health – and not killing them with kindness
- How to source and spot healthy chickens – learn when you should walk away from a sale
- Know when it is essential to visit a vet. Save on vet visits when you can safely treat at home instead
- Avoid scammers who could sell you cockerels – be able to spot one a mile off
- Techniques for how to spot a sick chicken, before it’s too late to help
- Avoiding predators – take your chickens off the take-away menu
- Best way to tackle pest and parasite control that doesn’t require a bonfire
- The laws you need to know
- Who can you sell eggs to, and where
- Learn how chickens tick (inside and out) and know how they communicate
- Be amazed at what you thought you knew – but didn’t
- Prepare to see chickens and other birds in a whole new light
- All this and much much more…..
We answer all these questions and literally hundreds more. The course will actually save you money, as you can avoid choosing equipment that will be totally useless or even a burden to you. We have made all the silly AND very expensive mistakes, so you won’t have to! With any pet, if you don’t get the basics right, it can turn into a stressful or expensive experience – or BOTH! For example: The single most expensive piece of equipment is your coop. Buying a cheap coop is a bad move and we explain why in our course. This is just one tiny aspect of a whole kaleidoscope of vital information we cover.
Chickens are a complete joy to own. You can easily enhance that joy by becoming a knowledgeable and skilled keeper
We offer the most comprehensive courses on chicken keeping on the internet.
Choose an actual expert to guide you
Let’s face it, we all have busy lives and we all have an eye for a bargain. Trawling the internet for freely available and confusing or contradictory information on “tinterweb” may sound simple. Yes it is, but how much of this information is actually harmful, illegal, or total gobble-de-gook. Social media is another rich source of “armchair experts” who learn from masters of hearsay and chinese whispers. We regularly see regurgitated “facts” from an “expert” on Dr Social Media who it seems only actually got chickens a week ago. Social media is literally teeming with bad and harmful advice. If enough people spout it then it must be right – yes? – well definitely no. So many chickens are harmed by following the foolhardy advice just on the topic of feeding alone.
Reading books is a good resource, but how many books actually stop short of getting to the information you actually need? They are just glossy overviews which leave you asking for more. So you buy another book and other. We have done exactly the same thing because we have shelves full of them. It’s disheartening. Books that are filled with stuff you don’t need or repeat the same advice but in a slightly different format with different pictures. They still leave gaps in the knowledge you need. What coop to buy? Which products to use? Will it save me time and money? Most importantly they don’t tell you what NOT to buy.
Your time is valuable, so disappearing down the proverbial rabbit hole of unhelpful drivel is just totally wasting your efforts.
Our chicken keeping classes are designed to help you cut through all that guff and learn the subject, in depth. You will learn from experts in chicken care in the quickest and most efficient way possible.
It is so simple to become your own chicken expert with our help. Get it done quickly and get it done right.
What types of Courses Do we run?
We are currently offering two foundation poultry keeping courses but we have plans for a more advanced course in chicken keeping later on in 2022. We also have an Incubation and Chick Rearing Course for those yearning towards the next step in chicken keeping. An advanced course is on the cards for 2022 to cover illness diagnosis techniques and treatments in depth. Our current offerings are below.
BRAND NEW – Online Chicken Keeping Course -with Immediate Access
As of 1st December 2020 we sky-rocketed chicken keeping into the 21st Century. We launched our online courses for keeping chickens. Due to Covid we have had to re-think what we do and consequently how we do it. So we have decided to go national to offer the benefit of our experience to as wide a base as possible by offering online training in poultry keeping.
The online course is able to cover much more depth as we do not have the same time constraints as with a face-to-face course. We have used a professional learning management system like colleges and universities use to ensure that the ease of navigation and quality of content delivery is as good as it can be.
We like to think we have done ourselves (and you) proud with this professionally produced course and we guarantee that you will find out things that you never knew you didn’t know!!
There is nothing stopping you from enjoying the benefits of this course from the comfort of your own home AND at your own pace.
The Cost is £45 Per Student
How long does the Online courses for chicken Keeping Last?
Sit down and relax while having a leisurely cup of coffee and take each lesson. There are 18 in all which will take roughly about an hour each. The course is broken down into nice bite sized chunks.
Quizzes along the way will test your increasing knowledge and help to reinforce your skill level.
How often do we run the course
The online course is “open all hours” as they say. You can start at any time. You get immediate access after checkout.
You have access to the course at your leisure for 12 months from your payment date.
Chicken Keeping Course
We have been running these courses for over 10 years and have taught many students, vets included. We find them an enjoyable experience and it gives you the opportunity to enjoy the company of other potential chicken keepers. These are usually quite lively courses and we certainly love doing them. If you can travel to Cheshire to take this half day course then you will enjoy it, but if not, then you may want to consider the online version.
We cover the same ground as the online version but there is the additional aspect of instant feedback with student questions along the way. You also get to handle chickens in the way that is not possible with our online version.
This course includes light refreshments and a full set of course notes to take away with you.
Please note we are not running the face to face courses at the moment due to Covid as it not safe for us – or you – to do so.
The Cost for this course is £45.00 per Student
or £85 for 2 as you can share notes
How long does the course last?
The face to face courses for keeping chickens lasts 3-4 hours (yes really). We have crammed a lot in to make sure you get your moneys-worth
There is also a practical hands-on element where we handle and examine chickens themselves.
How often do we run the courses
We normally run these a couple of times a month, dates are posted on website, but we are keeping a mailing list just for course enquiries should you wish to be informed when one is scheduled.
We can also run them on a day to suit you if you wish for a minimum of 2 guests. Something to consider if you can’t make any scheduled dates.
How to book
If you need to ask further questions before booking please ask us via our Contact Form here
Please note that our in-house version courses cover a lot of stuff and are not suitable for children under 14. We find that children tend to get too fidgety and upset the other participants. Our guests are given plenty of “training”. This means that you can confidently pass on your newly gained knowledge to any youngsters when you return home. The online version can of course be a family affair but they are all aimed at adults.
Simply book by clicking the buttons above – or below. You can also book by going to our web shop page and choosing the course from there.
If you are still hesitating, we are beginning to get some great feedback. Read comments below from our Poultry Keeping students for which we are very grateful
What Others Have Said
By: Claire Jones
I’d bought two chicken books and was feeling a little overwhelmed by then. I saw this course said it covered everything I needed to know to prepare us for our pet chickens. Lots of useful information in easy to complete modules with a quiz at the end of each.
By: Charlotte Sanders
The author of this course has clearly a lot of knowledge and experience in keeping chickens. The advice and practical information goes above and beyond that you would find in a book and the end of topic questions are really helpful in consolidating understanding. I would definitely recommend this course…
Easy to study
By: Clare Goebel
This course is easy to study as you can go back and reread as you need. You can also access completed modules for further refreshment. Content is well laid out and easy to follow. Once I get my chickens I'll find out if it was comprehensive enough (but I think it will be!)
Fabulous Information especially for me being a complete beginner
By: Rachel Thomas
I thoroughly enjoyed taking this course. Once I started the course, I couldn't stop until I finished! I highly recommend taking it!
By: Beth Lewin
Really useful, enjoyable and very interesting. Cannot wait to put my knowledge to use with keeping our chickens at work.
All things chicken!!
By: Paul McSorley
As a family we have all enjoyed this course. We would recommend this to anyone thinking about keeping chickens.
A Thorough Introduction
By: Donna Hill
I really enjoyed this course. It was very informative and will help me to give my future hens a fantastic life. The only negative I can give is that some of the photos and pictures need a greater resolution. I couldn't make some of them out on my laptop. Overall a great introduction.
Hen Keeping Course
By: Ann Burt
By: Paul Lawless
I have been considering keeping chickens for some time. I have read books, googled information and watched loads on YouTube but this course has been a revelation. Really well structured, all the right information you need on health, housing, feeding, anatomy, breeds etc etc. I have really enjoyed it and recommend to anyone considering doing the same. Now I am setting up and ready to take in my first girls in a couple of weeks. I would not have had the confidence to do this without this brilliant course.
Best way to learn about chickens
By: Brigitte Koopmann
I loved the course and learned so much. You cant find anything near it via books or youtube clips. I highly recommend this course and it is worth every penny. You can feel how much these people adore and care for their chickens. Herzliche Grüße und vielen Dank
Extremely useful course
By: Lauren Driver
This is a great course for anyone looking into getting chickens or to help refresh/ give advice for people who already have chickens. Lots of useful information for different methods on how to house and care for chickens. Definitely would recommend.
Extremely useful and informative
By: Sharon Parry
This course has given me a good broad base of information I need in order to start off my chicken journey as well prepared as possible. Lots of useful information and tips, which I will be following. Can't wait to get started.
By: Thomas Clarkson
I had high eggs-pectations of this course and it was definitely worth it. The yolks on you if you don't get this course. lots of helpful information.
By: Judith Bye
I decided to take this course before taking the plunge and rehoming some rescue hens. I have completely changed my mind on the coop and run size after completing the course and I am now looking forward to getting some rescue hens. There is so much more to keeping chickens than I thought and this course provides you with that knowledge. Definitely worth taking.
By: Sue Woodhead
This course was super informative. Since doing the course I now have my first 4 rescue chickens and it helped me prepare for their arrival. I have referred to the lessons since collecting them and it has made me more confident. My girls (Whitney, Britney, Kylie and Missy) have had a really good transition and settled in well.