Cheryl Arvidson

About Me

I have kept chickens for thirty years and I think that EVERYONE should have hens in the back garden! I grew up on our family smallholding on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. I still live close by and am involved with my family's business.

I keep a small number of breeds, concentrating on Barnevelders and Millefleur Pekin bantams, as they make good broodies for either hatching or fostering chicks. I also keep tiny Barbu D'Anvers bantams.

I sell eggs weekly at the local farmers' market in Minehead and I sell hatching eggs and young birds when I have them. I run courses from beginners, through hatching to despatching and preparing for the table. I also keep quail and ducks and can run courses on these on request. 

Smaller children may be possible (free) on the beginners course by negotiation - it depends on how many places are available. I also sometimes run 'Family' courses that are particularly aimed at little children; but we are very flexible, so please do ask and I will see what we can do to work around them on a 'normal' course. 

I leave it to parental discretion regarding whether it is appropriate for your children to participate in despatching/plucking/dressing. I'm happy to teach children who are comfortable with it and I give plenty of time for everyone on a course to decide whether they want hands-on experience on not.

A second adult from the same family and children (5 to 16) are welcome on my courses for £30 and £5 respectively - BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Additional fees can be paid on the day if necessary.

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My Courses

Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: £46.00

Date: Sat 08 Jul 2017

Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds. We currently have a pen of Barnevelders, Pekin bantams and Barbu d'Anvers bantams.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: £46.00

Date: Thu 17 Aug 2017

Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds. We currently have a pen of Barnevelders, Pekin bantams and Barbu d'Anvers bantams.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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From Hatch to Despatch

Price: £46.00

Date: Sat 19 Aug 2017

Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hatching with a broody or an incubator. Selecting parent stock and eggs, humidity, egg-turning and candling.
  • Brooding - Care of chicks. Bedding, heat sources, feed.
  • Bringing 'growers' on. How fast do they grow, when do the pullets start to lay and when are the cockerels ready for despatch?
  • Despatching - How to despatch adolescent fowl using the 'broomstick method' and younger ones using despatching pliers.

 

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Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: £46.00

Date: Sat 09 Sep 2017

Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds. We currently have a pen of Barnevelders, Pekin bantams and Barbu d'Anvers bantams.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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From Hatch to Despatch

Price: £46.00

Date: Sat 23 Sep 2017

Time: 09:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Hatching with a broody or an incubator. Selecting parent stock and eggs, humidity, egg-turning and candling.
  • Brooding - Care of chicks. Bedding, heat sources, feed.
  • Bringing 'growers' on. How fast do they grow, when do the pullets start to lay and when are the cockerels ready for despatch?
  • Despatching - How to despatch adolescent fowl using the 'broomstick method' and younger ones using despatching pliers.

 

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Absolutely brilliant morning - Christine,

I was extremely privileged to have a one-to-one with Cheryl for the Beginners' course. Everyone was welcoming and the morning was very relaxed and informal. Cheryl is a brilliant source of information and I went away with lots of helpful advice for my "girls". It was great seeing different breeds and styles of housing, and to be able to chat with someone who is really knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone, whether they have chickens or not. Thank you!


Excellent informal course, perfect for beginners - Anna,

Thoroughly enjoyed my morning with Cheryl. She is clearly a very knowledgable lady and shared her experience and knowledge on all aspects of chicken care. We were a small group and had lots of opportunities to ask any questions that came to mind. We had the opportunity to visit her chickens, hold them and learn more about the differing breeds as well as how to care for them properly. The time flew. Thanks Cheryl.


Excellent - Sue,

Lovely, warm welcome from Cheryl and a most informative and useful course. All information clearly explained with plenty of time given to course members' individual needs and plenty of hands on time with Cheryl's wonderful array of birds. Indispensable course for novices like me! Will be back!


Great - Steven,

Cheryl was easy to get along with and put over information that was easy to understand, with a wealth off knowledge I could not rate her any higher and would recommend her to anyone. Many thanks for the course.


Great family environment - Kathy,

I took my 4year old daughter and we had a great time. I'm very pleased we did the course before getting our chickens , I am much more prepared and our chickens will benefit from me knowing what to expect rather than learning as we go. It is a very informal family friendly environment and I recommend the course. I will no doubt progress to the next level in the future......

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