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Hen Party For Beginners

Hosted by Jodie & Nigel

Type: Chicken Keeping Course - Beginner

Date: Sat 23 Aug 2014

Time: 11:30 - 12:45

Price: £15.00

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

Location: Solihull, West Midlands

Rating:            - 21 reviews


About the course

Our beginners course gives you a perfect opportunity to see how chicken keeping fits into daily life and will hopefully encourage you to get your first chickens!  If you’re still unsure about taking the plunge, have a look at the Hen Project which gives you the experience of chicken keeping, but without the long term commitment.

While you're with us we'll aim to cover:

  • Introduction to chicken keeping & your current situation  
  • Feeling comfortable with chickens
  • Where to keep them
  • Settling new chickens in
  • Feeding and watering your chickens
  • Daily routine
  • Weekly care
  • Monthly jobs
  • Eggs
  • Handling & transporting chickens
  • Healthy chickens
  • Chickens & other animals

By booking onto our course you agree that Little Lodge Farm cannot accept any responsibility for any loss or injury while on the premises.

The majority of our courses take place outside, so please come suitably dressed. We recommend a pair of wellies and a raincoat. 

We will contact you after a booking has been placed with further details, including our location.  If you have any questions please contact us.

About Me

Little Lodge Farm was started in 2010 by Jodie & Nigel as a family run smallholding in Knowle, Solihull.  It has always been important to us that our children learn about animals whilst at the same time appreciating where their food comes from.  There is no better way to do this than collecting your own eggs, enjoying your own bacon sandwich and picking some home grown veg.   It really does give you a different perspective on food! 

Since the creation of Little Lodge Farm we have developed our chicken courses to cover pretty much anything you need to know about keeping chickens and also offer an excellent chicken boarding service at the farm for those times when you have to be away from home.  Through development of our smallholding and the Hen Project, we are also extremely proud to be able to provide individuals and groups with the opportunity to keep chickens for a period of time by renting them off us.  Feel free to email with any questions.

At Little Lodge Farm we offer three different chicken courses which are tailored to suit beginners, families or those who perhaps already have chickens. Our courses are very relaxed and there is always ample opportunity to ask your own questions and share your stories whilst enjoying a slice of cake and cup of tea!

After all of courses you will be provided with our Little Lodge Farm course notes and member discounts on other Courses, Chicken Boarding and the Hen Project.

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Latest Reviews For This Host

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  • 4 Star: 2 (2)
  • 3 Star: 0 (0)
  • 2 Star: 0 (0)
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           Absolutely brilliant!

- Alison, 25 May 2015

Jodie & Nigel were fabulous, the course was very informative and there sons were also very entertaining and helpful! They gave us more time than was necessary. We are now looking at modifying are garden to accommodate some chickens. They were very honest and I felt as a result chicken keeping can not only be fun but also rewarding and not that difficult.

           Lovely people and really informative

- Charlotte, 23 May 2015

Just back from a very entertaining morning. Would highly recommend for folk thinking about getting chickens or someone like me who is new to keeping chickens. Very informative, approachable people-no question was too daft to be answered ;) Delighted to have spent my sat morning here! Many thanks.


- Claire, 25 March 2015

Great course for beginners, weather your thinking of getting chickens or like myself 6 months as a new chicken keeper. Was great to get different tips, advice of feed, medicines etc and to actually hold a chicken if you wish. Lovely seeing the chickens free ranging & their set up of Omlet coop's and run's - given me lots of ideas.

           Best 90 minutes I've had outdoors

- David, 23 February 2015

Nigel covered all that I needed to know. A really approachable and friendly chap. A great day - all 4 of the party would strongly recommend this starter course. I'm even more determined to start keeping chickens in the next few months.

           Great Introduction

- Mark, 28 January 2015

Thank you Nigel for a great introduction to keeping chickens. Really interactive.


- Ruth, 25 August 2014

Jodie was really friendly and certainly seems to know her chicken information! We were introduced to bantams, hybrids and ex battery hens. She had so much to tell us that the course over ran, but nobody wanted to leave on time! Hoping to receive the information sheets from her soon.

           Fun and informative

- Dee, 25 August 2014

Lots of useful information, delivered in a friendly way. A chance to hold a couple of hens to gain confidence. Lots of good advice about what to expect.

           Great course very chilled

- Jacqueline, 08 May 2014

Great course Jodie was very knowledgable and brilliant. The website says no children under 12 but it was toddlers united and a baby in a pushchair that cried a lot. This was not Jodie's fault it was the people that turned up for the course! I left my own children at home!! One families child fell against a fence as she was climbing on some logs. Screamed the place down and then the baby joined in it was hard to hear Jodie at times. But like a true professional she carried on!! My expectations were adults going to a chicken keeping course. For an hour and a quarter but because of the family day out chicken course time ran over to two hours! Which is ok for most people but I can't drive and had to rely on my husband to collect me which meant he waited 3/4 hour in the car outside farm. Jodie was great but would have preferred either to allow for 2hours and take my own children or an adults course I expected.

           Very interesting and useful

- Carol, 13 January 2014

Lovely warm welcome with a cup of coffee and home made muffin :). Jodie showed us all the different hens she had which were different sizes and gave us a good idea of different varieties. She also told us what to look out for when choosing a hen. She showed us how to pick up the hen and hold it as well as all the info we needed to know on how to look after them. She answered all of our questions.

           Very enjoyable & informative!

- Middleton, 13 January 2014

We had a great time on the course on Saturday, relaxed and informal but very informative. The notes provided in advance of the course are a great source of reference too. We're looking forward to getting started. Great hospitality, thank you Jodie.

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