Type: Chicken Keeping
Date: Sat 20 Oct 2018
Time: October 20, 2018 09:30 - 12:30 pm
Location: Near Taunton, Somerset
Rating: 6 reviews
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About the course
Wheelchair Access: Yes
Dog Friendly: No
Child Friendly: Yes
This is a follow-on course from 'An introduction to chicken-keeping'. Again it is divided between theory and practical learning.
- 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 using the 'broomstick method'.
This course is very hands-on. It will offer the chance to handle eggs to assess suitability for hatching and to candle live eggs from the incubator. It will also involve a demonstration of culling using the 'broomstick method'. You may also despatch a bird under supervision yourself if you wish.
Again, sturdy footwear and old clothing is required.
This course does NOT cover plucking or processing for the table. I can modify the course to concentrate on this if there is enough interest, so please do contact me if you are interested.
A second adult from the same family is £35 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT. Payment for these places can be made on the day.
I have kept chickens for forty 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 and in my teens I earned my pocket money by selling eggs at the local market. I still live close by and am involved with my family's business.
Because of family circumstances, I keep a smaller number of breeds now than I used to, concentrating on Barnevelders, Salmon Faverolles and Millefleur Pekin bantams, as they make good broodies for either hatching or fostering chicks. I also keep tiny Barbu D'Anvers bantams.
Until June 2017 we sold eggs weekly at the local farmers' market in Minehead. I still sell surplus eggs in a basket by our gate 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 (usually on request). I also keep 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 £35 and £5 respectively - BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Additional fees can be paid on the day if necessary.