Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 25 Mar 2018

Time: March 25, 2018 13:00 - 16:00 pm

Location: Radcliffe, Manchester

Rating:   42 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

Children from 7 years upwards are welcome on the course but must book a place.

Disabled access is unfortunately very limited but please email if you have a query and I will be happy to help.

There is roadside parking on the estate. Please park near to the house and be aware of blocking driveways.

The host of this course accepts no responsibility for any loss or injury while on the premises.  By booking on this course, you are agreeing to these terms.

A lot of the course is outdoors, so wellies/outdoor clothes are advised, but in the event of bad weather we can minimise this and adapt.  There is optional handling of a hen, so please wear comfortable clothes you won't mind getting dirty.

Topics covered include;-

       - care of chickens (daily, weekly and monthly tasks)

       - feeding

       - accomodation (chicken area, housing, Eglu)

       - choosing chickens (pure breeds, hybrids, ex-batts, how many!)

       - buying chickens

       - the pecking order

       - handling

       - seasonal care

       - hen health (worming, lice, mites)

       - wing clipping

       - moulting

       - broodiness

       - eggs

       - chickens and other animals

Feel free to ask questions throughout the course, and there is a later opportunity to chat over refreshments if there is anything else you wish to discuss.  Home made cake is also provided and printed information sheets. 


About Me

Hi, I'm Lisanne, and I run the Omlet hen keeping courses at my home in north Manchester. I am a mad chicken/cat lady and pet blog writer, and my day job is a training officer for a well known pet charity.  I have run these courses since 2011 and have enjoyed every one of them. Beginners and established owners have been on my course and all are welcome from 7 years upwards 

I have kept all types of animals in my life but chickens definitely rock!  They are relatively low maintenance and they produce fresh eggs as well as manure, pest control and provide us with entertainment. Time flies when you are in a garden with hens as they are very watchable characters.  They are the pets that keep on giving!  When we first started out, there was limited information available and no one else kept chickens as pets in the area.  Chickens were still regarded purely as farm stock, so I think a lot of people thought we were a bit mad!  We have had various breeds of hens,  but at the moment we just have pure breds and also some chickens and ducks we hatched previously.  We like to choose hens that lay different coloured eggs for variety and also so we know who's pulling their weight!  We also have 3 cats, Bart, Phoebe and Ringo who like to watch the chickens antics from the window.

We've kept hens for 9 years now and we've had our ups and downs, and learnt that some problems just aren't covered in text books!  This is why we started running our chicken keeping courses, primarily to provide a friendly intro and practical advice.  We keep it informal so you can ask your own questions.  They have been so popular, we often get past course attendees email us when they get their own hens and also when they have further queries.  Chicken keeping has grown massively in this area and I hope to pass on our knowledge through our courses so other people can have as much satisfaction as we do and avoid any potential problems.

Our 3 hour courses include refreshments and additional printed notes, which include useful contacts and a hen shopping list!  There are also samples and vouchers to take away (one set per household).  Hope thats everything covered, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us. More chicken information is available on my blog website or you can like my Facebook Page and get regular updates!


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A fantastic course with lots of information - Michelle,

While we were pretty sure we wanted chickens before the course, talking to Lisanne and meeting the chickens really sealed the deal for us! We feel so much more knowledgeable and confident about keeping hens now. We even got some great advice about walk-in-runs, and had plenty of opportunities to ask questions. We really enjoyed the afternoon, if you're thinking about keeping hens I would definitely recommend attending! :)

Helpful, informative and good fun - Laurence,

I really enjoyed this introductory course to looking after chickens and now feel much more confident to look after my flock when they arrive. Lisanne was approachable and knowledgeable and it's very reassuring to know that I can get in touch with her if I have any questions about my hens in future. Meeting her backyard hens and ducks was an absolute delight!

Chicken Course 25 th June - Jackie,

Really comprehensive course. Answered all my questions. Very enjoyable. An opportunity to see and handle different breeds of chicken. Everyone gained more confidence and enjoyed Lisanne's delicious cake. Hope she is able to offer an intermediate course in the near future.

A great introduction - Sarah,

Lisanne was a really friendly host, with a huge amount of knowledge and information to share. I would really recommend this to anyone thinking of keeping chickens and wanting to find out more about what is involved.

Great informative course! - Beth,

What a great host and course! Found all the information (and frank discussion of cons and ailments) very helpful and enjoyed getting out and practising handling the hens. And cake too!

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