Type: Chicken Keeping
Date: Sat 25 Feb 2012
Time: February 25, 2012 10:30 - 12:30 pm
Location: Burwash, East Sussex
Rating: 64 reviews
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.
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!