Chicken Keeping Courses

I have been teaching fun and informative Beginner and Advanced Chicken Keeping Courses for 15 years. My courses are aimed at the complete beginner and also the more advanced keeper, they are informative with plenty of hands-on experience with chickens, practical information and 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 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.

Course Dates and Venues

2021 dates coming soon!
Use the contact form below to ask to be added to the waiting list
I am currently booking my courses through external sites here but will shortly be booking a whole range of Beginner's and Advanced chicken keeping courses in the Midlands area on this page.
Joining instructions for these bookings will be sent out by Cotswold Chickens.

For Cotswold Chickens, Kineton, Warwickshire

9 Feb 2020

Advanced course

 21 Jun 2020

Advanced course

26 Jul 2020

Beginner's course

13 Sept 2020

Beginner's course

 18 Oct 2020

Advanced course

15 Mar 2020

Beginner’s course

 5 Jul 2020

Advanced course

 9 Aug 2020

Advanced course

20 Sept 2020

Beginner's course

15 Nov 2020


 19 Apr 2020

Advanced course

 12 Jul 2020

Beginner's course

 22 Aug 2020

Advanced course

11 Oct 2020

Advanced course

22 Nov 2020


We will shortly be booking dates at new venues, watch this space!

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 tons 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

  • Mite, lice and other parasite checks

  • Hen nutrition

  • Common Health Supplements

  • Identifying and managing common illnesses

  • Learn from others in the discussion and questions session

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


The perfect course for an absolute beginner like me. Clare is extremely knowledgeable and was very happy to help answer all my many questions! Highly recommended!


This was my second course with Clare & it was even better than the first. She answered all my (many) questions very patiently & offered advice for various situations that could become a problem. Roxanne, the little Red Hen, was also extremely patient with being held upside down during a focussed tour around her (ahem) underfluff. Thanks!

Clare Taylor - Chicken Whisperer

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