Type: Chicken Keeping
Date: Sat 09 Feb 2008
Time: February 9, 2008 08:30 - 10:00 am
Location: Stoke Newington, London
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Learn how to pick a suitable garden spot
Day to day maintenance required to keep chickens
How to feed your chickens
How to hold a chicken
See samples of the colours that the eglu comes in
And of course you can ask lots of questions
Get an Omlet goody bag â€“ including a chicken keeping guide
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Child Friendly: Yes
I live with my husband and two daughters (17 and 10) in an end of Terrace Edwardian house in Stoke Newington, North London. We have a dog and two cats. We are lucky to have quite a large garden and when we first arrived 10 years ago we started with a few vegetable plots and added a greenhouse.
I wanted to keep chickens, but didn't know how to and thought it would all be too complicated. I have subsequently found out that my grandmother kept hens during the war and sold the eggs, and my great grandfather was a chicken breeder in the '20's, so it is obviously in the genes. Three years ago we ordered a red eglu and two hens. When they arrived my younger daughter was so excited I thought she was going to burst.
Since then we have increased our flock gradually, and now have 10 chickens and a green eglu cube (as well as the original eglu) to keep them in - my husband has made a large pen for them, as I can't let them free range when I am out because of the urban foxes.
I now sell about 6 boxes of eggs a week to friends and neighbours and I have a very good routine for looking after them. For example cleaning only takes about half an hour once a week and I have sourced the chicken food locally.
It's really great having a bit of countryside here in London, the neighbours love the chicken noises and they have definitely enhanced our lives. On the course I'll show you how easy it is to keep hens whether you want 2 or 10 and I have lots of tips and tricks that I've learnt along the way so that by the end of the course you'll be thinking 'I never want to buy eggs from the supermarket again!