Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 29 Jul 2012

Time: July 29, 2012 14:00 - 15:30 pm

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Rating:   13 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: No

Siting your Eglu Day to day routine Cleaning the Eglu Safeguarding your hen's health What a hen likes to eat Holding a hen (please make sure you wear something that can get dirty) Hens and cats That precious egg

About Me

Have you ever wondered whether you would be able to look after a couple or so of ex battery hens as a complete beginner? I am here to help you through the process so you and your new friends can come out the other side unscathed.

I have been keeping hens for around 10 years in the suburban back garden of my 1930s semi on the outskirts of Oxford near the Mini factory. I have only just plucked up the courage to get my first lot of hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust. It all started when I volunteered to help with the re-homing near Oxford. I thought I would maybe get some of these hens when I retired so I would be at home to look out for them in their, probably quite frightening, new life. My hand was forced when one of my hens died leaving Blanca on her own. I don't know why I was so worried, the two new hens have taken to back garden living with gusto, so I decided to help others out there who are just a little bit hesitant, as I was.

We will look at hens in general and their needs, housing (with special emphasis to the Omlet houses as, in my view, they are superb), placement of the housing, possible problems that may appear, feeding and pest control. You will be able to see pics of my two new hens as they develop and grow into their new life of freedom, also images of the day you will pick up your hens form your local Hen Welfare Trust pick up point and what happens with the volunteers before you arrive.

I am afraid I have a no children policy, unless you want to arrange a private party. There will be time for general questions, homemade cakes and a goody bag to take home with you.

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Latest Reviews For This Host

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Great afternoon - Alex,

Very informative host, answered all our questions and many more we had not thought about.

Very Informative - Karen,

Enjoyable and informative. Good to see hens loose in garden and interaction between dog (daughters dog) and hens. Fantastic cake.

Fantastic - Magenta,

It was a pleasure to meet Janet and her hens- it was a lovely, informative, and informal introduction to hen keeping. She provided us with tons of information, and we now feel able to make a more informed decision about whether or not hen keeping is for us. (She gave us some delicious cake too!)

- Kathryn,

Very informative and great to see chickens happily poddling around the garden, with cats accepting them as part of the family!

Excellent - Elizabeth,

Janet was very friendly and happy to answer any questions about keeping hens. Having the chance to pick up the hens and understand their habits was an wonderful. I felt a lot more confident after the course and I am one step closer to keeping hens. Delicious cake and a cuppa over a Q&A to end the session. Really enjoyable.

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