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Chicken Keeping Courses

Avian Influenza 2022-2023


18/01/2023 as promised, an update on the Avian Influenza (AI) and courses situation; at the moment we are all sitting tight through the worst AI lockdown in decades. Most important to me is to keep your flocks, and the beautiful birds at the course venue safe; I am in regular touch with the authorities, and anticipate that we'll have the go-ahead to hold the courses in the spring, and I will keep everyone informed if it is necessary to change any of the 2023 dates.

2023 dates are still booking and available.


I have been teaching fun and informative Chicken Keeping Courses - at both beginner and Advanced levels - for 15 years. My courses are aimed at both the complete beginner, and also the more advanced keeper; they are informative with plenty of hands-on practical work with chickens, experienced advice, as well as products to review and suggest.

My Advanced Chicken Keeping Course draws chicken keepers from all over the UK!

I provide a very relaxed atmosphere, and encourage your involvement throughout the course; after all keeping hens should be enjoyable, not a chore. Chicken handling and cake eating are compulsory (although not at the same time!) and you will get plenty of opportunities to ask questions as the course is steered by your requirements. You will also receive a compre-HEN-sive goody bag full of supplier information, course notes, pens, free gift, samples and (if I can wangle it) money off vouchers.

I run all my own courses, and am also available to come and talk to your groups, such as companies, schools, Brownies, Guides, the WI and charities - especially animal rescue charities - to give a basic overview of life with chickens. Check out my video page for a taster of the videos I have recorded for various companies........ and some just for fun.


Getting Started with Chickens

Chicken Keeping for Beginners

Ideal for a complete novice who is embarking on their chicken keeping career, this excellent course provides you with all the information that you will need to purchase both chickens and housing with confidence, day to day maintenance, feeding, health checks and how to handle your chickens.

You will learn:

  • Day to day maintenance required to keep chickens

  • How/what to feed your chickens

  • How to hold a chicken

  • How to do a chicken health check

  • How to pick a suitable garden spot for the chicken coop and run

The Beginner’s course takes roughly 2-2.5 hours, so we only recommend them to children over the age of 10 years.

Advanced Chicken Keeping Course

If you already keep chickens, this course is ideal; an experienced poultry keeper will teach you more about chicken physiology, common ailments and injuries – what you can deal with at home, and most importantly what you absolutely MUST take to a vet. This session is designed to give you confidence in handling your flock; there will be tonnes of hands-on practical stuff and the extensive notes can be taken home to refer back to.

You will learn:

  • Observation of looks and behaviour

  • Handling your hens

  • How to do a thorough health check, and what to look for

  • Introducing new chickens

  • Treating injuries

  • Mites, lice and other parasite checks

  • Hen nutrition

  • Common health supplements

  • Identifying and managing common illnesses

  • Learn from others through discussion and questions 

The Advanced course lasts around 2.5 hours - and is very detailed - so we don’t recommend it to children under 12 years.

Course Dates and Venues
Beginner's course £35.00
Advanced course £45.00

I am teaching chicken keeping at Beginner and Advanced levels at venues in the Midlands area.

2023 Courses
12th February 2023, deferred due to AI lockdown
5th March 2023, Beginner, deferred due to AI lockdown
26th March 2023, Advanced
23rd April 2023, Advanced
21st May 2023, Advanced (full)
2nd July 2023, Advanced
6th August 2023, Beginner
10th September 2023, Advanced
22nd October 2023, Advanced
19th November 2023, Advanced
10th December 2023, Advanced
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