Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sat 19 May 2012

Time: May 19, 2012 10:00 - 13:00 pm

Location: Burton on Trent, Staffordshire

Rating:   45 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

We were confirmed townies and completed our escape to the country 8 years ago, part of our new rural life was keeping chickens.  Our first two hens Barbara and Margo arrived complete with their bright yellow hen house.  We really enjoyed keeping our own hens and collecting our own eggs, it was the start of a slippery slope.  Since then we have expanded our flock and knowledge of hens and have been running Hen Keeping Courses for nearly 3 years.  Away from hens we are experienced at delivering training to an array of industries with interactive courses. Through our trials and triumphs we can help you feel prepared to welcome your hens home.

The course that covers everything you will need to become a competent hen keeper. With lots of hands on experience to give you the confidence to handle your hens in every situation.  The course is a 3 hour course and then the rest of the day to ask questions and wander round the birds.

Please note that this course is not suitable for children under the age of 10; due to high demand for places, all those attending must have a pre-booked and paid place. The hosts of this course accept no responsibility for any loss or injury whilst on the premises. By booking on this course you are agreeing to these terms.

About Me

Hello we are the Peaches, we have been keeping hens in our mark one eglu for over 10 years and have  a Cube. We live in a small village, just outside Burton on Trent.

We had always wanted to keep hens, but it wasn't until we saw the eglu and thought 'we have to have one of them!' The hens are really fun animals to be around and each one has its own personality and character. They are very friendly - our 8 year old is very happy to cuddle with them. The hens keep us very well stocked with the freshest, tastiest eggs in the world!

During the course we will show you how to handle the hens, plus how to maintain your eglu (ours is nearly 10 years old and looking as good as new!) looking after the run (ours has survived having a horse sit on it!) plus our daily routines and health checks.  We also have a cube along with a selection of wooden hen houses.  We have 16 resident hens (including 2 cockerals) at home a mixture of hybrids and pure breeds, they age from 6 months to 6 years old. During the school holidays the number swell to over 50 hens so plenty of hens to hug! We do also now have Quails in their own avaery.

From our humble start with our first 2 girls, Barbara and Margo we have now set up our business, 'Hens for Hire' hiring out hens and eglus to schools all over the country as well as incubators and hatching eggs. We train the staff how to look after the hens and spend time with the children talking all things chicken! then have the hens home for the holidays.  Check out our website www.hensforhire.co.uk  You can now pruchase chickens and supplies from our little shop Hen Pen, follow us on facebook for details of hens we have avaliable.

We have been invloved in Open Farm Sunday and been featured in The Guardian, Country Life, Country Living, Your Chicken, Staffordshire Life, The Burton Mail, Headteacher Update Magazine, EarlyYears Educator & Poultry World, plus been Course Host of the Month in the Omlet Newsletter in 2010.  We also won a Small Business Award from TV Dragon Theo Paphitis!



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Very good - Dil,

It was lovely to meet Claire and Steve who are such a chicken loving couple! They have further excited me whilst I look forward to getting my chickens something I am postponing til after our holiday in April. I have the Eglu poised ready and feel a lot more confident about dealing with the lovelies once they arrive. It was useful to gain further info from them on resources to use to help in the hobby as well as talking through what else I need to buy in readiness. Two hours well spent. Thank you Claire and Steve for the opportunity.

Eggscellent! - John,

Thoroughly recommend Claire's course. Loads of info, and very friendly intro into keeping chucks. If you are thinking of keeping chickens go on Claire's course, you won't be disappointed. And the cakes pretty good as well!

eggcellent - Michele,

Very professional , friendly and welcoming. Very informative relevant information. Would recommend to others.

Useful and fun! - Sarah,

After this course we felt completely ready to collect our chickens. Cleverly got my son over his slight nervousness too - hug a chicken!

A Very. Good Grounding - Jean,

Steve and Clair were excellent hosts. They have extensive knowledge about their hens and were very thorough in relaying their knowledge and experience without putting you off. We were made to feel comfortable and got to handle a hen and were able to ask whatever questions we needed. It was interesting to see how very different there hen houses can be and the different kind of feeders and drinkers. Also we had a gorgeous piece of home made cake in their kitchen while looking at their chickens under warmth of the hot lamp. An excellent afternoon and it was not raining.Yeah Thank you.

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