Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sat 25 Feb 2012

Time: February 25, 2012 10:30 - 12:30 pm

Location: Burwash, East Sussex

Rating:   65 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

My courses are aimed to help a new chicken owner to feel more confident and a would be chicken owner to make the right decisions and to help decide the best system for you.  I will go through all the basics of chicken care including choosing housing, chickens, cleaning, feeding, supplements, worming, any legal formalities, routines, handling, health and wellbeing, introduction of new chickens to others, protection from predators, chicken personalities and some Do's and Don'ts - amongst other information.  I have experienced and dealt with illness, feather pecking and sadly, death.  I can pass on my experiences of many different situations I have encountered over the past four years. I have also had experience in hatching chicks with both a broody hen and in an incubator.   All this information is combined with a question and answer session, together with tea, coffee and homemade cake. My hens will be around to help you become more confident in picking up a chicken, holding it correctly and inspecting it for any problems. I will also be more than happy to continue to give advice after the course.  I have an Omlet Cube and Omlet Go which you can inspect.   Once you have chickens in your life it becomes an addiction - and you'll never buy another supermarket egg again!  Course notes are included, together with a full email after care advice service. [i]The host of this course accepts no responsibility for any loss or injury whilst on the premises.  By booking this course you are agreeing to these terms.  I am happy to have very well behaved children over 9 years of age on the course by prior agreement however a ticket must be purchased for them .[/i] Courses are limited to a maximum of 6 people.  This is so that I can give everyone my individual attention.

If you are from out of the area but would still like to attend this course then I can arrange for luxury B&B at a beautiful Country House located 2 minutes walk from my home.  Please contact me for full details.

About Me

I have been keeping bantams and large fowl here at Half Mile Cottage for many years and they have become a bit of an addiction.  I am lucky enough to have a large garden and orchard in which my many girls of mixed breed, roam free, except for when I am keeping them safe from predators in my Eglu Cubes and walk-in run!  I have had my ups and downs and have learnt the hard way on a couple of occasions.  In 2009 & 2012 we hatched out chicks under a broody hen and in an incubator - interesting experiences.  I also show some of my hens and eggs, gaining a number of first places.  I can talk you through the differences between wooden chicken houses and the Eglu collection and why I chose an Eglu after years of wooden chicken houses.  I am more than happy to share my chicken experiences with enthusiastic beginners and potential chicken owners.  I also have a Facebook page - Half Mile Cottage Hens.

I have kept birds and animals all my life and have grown up in a rural farming environment.  I have attended a number of advanced chicken courses myself over the years. I also write for both Your Chickens magazine and Country Smallholding and supply photographs of my flock, many of which have been front page pin ups!  I have had daliances with the bright lights of towns and cities - but I am a country girl through and through.  Chickens can be kept in town and country.  Come and find out how to do it in an informal atmosphere with tea, an expresso or latte and homemade cake included!

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Fabulous!! - Donna,

Have just spent a wonderful afternoon with Samantha learning all about keeping chickens. She explained everything in detail for us including which coop to purchase to the breed that would be best suitable for us. We did not realise how many breeds there were!! Samantha was only too pleased to answer any questions we put to her such as "How do you get a double yolk", "Do you need a male and female chicken for the chicken to lay eggs", etc... We met and had cuddles with all of her lovely girls and thoroughly enjoyed our day. We went in as complete novices but came out feeling extremely confident to go forward and become chicken owners and also knowing that we are able to email Samantha whenever we need her gives us even more confidence. Also, we can honestly say she makes the best carrot cake EVER!! Thank you Samantha for a great day xx

Five Stars! - Sally,

.My husband and I had a very good morning with Samantha Bowles. She is obviously an experienced keeper of chickens and bantams. She made us very welcome with coffee and cake and spent several hours telling us a lot about keeping chickens. Also she provided some very comprehensive notes which will come in very useful. The morning was only slightly spoiled by the fact that I had a bad back and was somewhat uncomfortable and the weather was not entirely with us, not much rain but a gusty high wind. We had a short session of handling, made tricky by the wind! But we enjoyed our time withheld and will certainly take her up on her offer to answer questions etc in the future.

Eggcellant - Laura,

We have just had the most amazing time with Sam Bowles on her chicken keeping for beginners course. We tucked into the most amazing cake whilst discussing our plans and potential requirements. The day has paid for itself as we slowly realised that the breed of chicken we thought we wanted was not best suited to our needs. That apart Sam shared a lot of knowledge, her passion for chickens and most of all her time with two complete novices in a highly professional manner. Thank you

Chicken course. - Carole,

Lovely biscuits,lovely house and gardens,lovely host. Course was very good with a lot of information. We both feel we are more confident in keeping hens.

Most engaging host - Tony,

Samantha was the most enagging host from the very start she put us at ease. The course was tailored to our needs with plenty of practical advise and hands on with her girls(her chickens). The course went on longer than stated because we covered all aspects of keeping chickens. I would highly recommend the course and host to anyone who is thinking of keeping chickens. Some of the things we thought were completely changed around. The course can be tailored to cover a beginner to someone who has gone into chicken keeping using the net. I can only say that I learnt a great deal and was not spoken down too.

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