Type: Chicken Keeping
Date: Sun 11 May 2008
Time: May 11, 2008 10:30 - 12:00 pm
Location: Chelmsford, Essex
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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: No
Child Friendly: Yes
Please Note: This course is not suitable for children under 12. Children over 12 are more than welcome to come on the course but they must book a place.
I live in the village of Rettendon in Essex with my young son James (6) and my mother lives in the granny annexe! I wanted to keep chickens for a while and when we moved to the country I spent several months persuading 'the anti-chicken' (Mum) that we should get an Eglu and some hens.
Of course she is now the first one to worry about the and give them treats. She also upgraded the accommodation to a Cube and we still have the Eglu, which we use for introducing new hens. Our chicken count is also up to 9, with one ex-battery hen and one "freecycled chicken of fate". We also have a huge "walk on run" (I do mean on not in although you can do both!)
They are fantastic pets, they come running when they hear us shout and if the see us in the kitchen they come and 'knock' on the door with their beaks until we go and talk to them (or give them a treat).
Looking after them is a breeze, a few minutes each day ensures they are fed and watered and once a week I give them a good clean out. Its easy enough for me to manage and I work full time and take full responsibility for looking after the girls (Mum is in charge of treats only). The only other job is collecting the eggs - the best I've ever tasted!
You will get to see all the daily and weekly maintenance, how to clean the Eglu and Cube as well as how to handle a bird, deal with introducing new hens and the basics of hen health.
We do have a huge garden and the hens help us with the maintenance, they keep the weeds down but don't damage the shrubs - any plants they are partial to get quickly relocated to the front garden (a Cosmos was a stalk in a day!!). They also keep the soil nicely turned over with their scratching and dust bathing. All in all they are both useful and productive pets.
Our house is located conveniently for both the A12 and the A127 and is easily accessible from both via main roads. There is the added bonus of being close to the RHS gardens at Hyde Hall - which are well worth a visit. There is ample parking on our driveway and in the service road outside.
Our garden is fully wheelchair accessible but there is a step up to each of our doors to gain access to the house.