Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sat 03 Mar 2018

Time: March 3, 2018 09:30 - 11:45 am

Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire

Rating:   70 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: Yes

Child Friendly: Yes

I live with my husband, 2 parents, 2 cats, 3 dogs, a few koi, 2 geese, and not enough chickens (I only have about 200) and an incubator that cannot churn out enough chicks! We have a small holding in a little village called Aldermaston in Berkshire This course is suitable for beginners who just want to see a different passionate chicken keeper in action! (I know that chickens are addictive!) We tend to start our chicken event gathering round the AGA in the kitchen. Refreshments, and nibbles are supplied. During the workshop you will feel foods, chickens, bedding, see poop, and see what chickens do, smell like (they don't smell, it's a fable they smell horrible!) Don't worry about wet weather, workshops are held inside in our kitchen or conservatory! Information on choosing your hens, from ex bats, rare breeds, bantams, miniatures, happy hybrids, or giants - if you want a mixed flock or just 3! I have approximately twenty different breeds! And yes, they are all my pets, though I do sell happy, healthy chickens too (subject to availability)! My birds range from tiny but spectacular pekin bantams to mighty massive Giants. Know your Australorps from your Welsummers? Nor did I when I first started, in fact I started keeping chickens with two cockerels, who never laid eggs! So if you know nothing about chickens and want to keep chickens! Pop along and see me! Chickens are a wonderful addition to family life. You can see the fabby Omlet Cube - all housing chickens!  I will talk about the BHWT and keeping ex bats in the garden too - it's easy! This session is designed as an introduction to keeping chickens and will give you the opportunity to ask your own questions. See an eglu cube and find out how they work * Handle and hand feed our lovely chickens * Learn how to pick a suitable garden spot * Daily care and maintenance requirements * How to feed your chickens.  Health and wellbeing and observation of looks and behaviour. * Recognizing worms, mites and ill health and how to treat some conditions at home. * Eggs and laying. Eggs, feel them, see them, tiny to massive, pure white to dark brown, and understand why too! * Introducing new hens to the flock * Dealing with a broody * Common Health Supplements * Hens' Bedtime routine (Roosting for the night) * We find out about moulting, wing clipping and toenail cutting. * Feel free to ask any questions along the way or at the end of the course with 'Question Time'.   Please come dressed ready for the weather - white t-shirts not advisable and as you will be handling chickens! Children over the age of 10 are invited, but must be accompanied by an adult. Course fees apply for children and adults. The hosts of this course accept no responsibility for any loss or injury whilst on the premises. By booking on this course you are agreeing to these terms. Please contact me with any questions! We're all looking forward to meeting you!

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- Amanda,

Annette covers everything that a beginner chicken keeper should know. She has a large variety of poultry, all beautifully kept on her small holding. She showed us different types of housing, fencing, bedding, feed and general care, wing/ nail clipping. She advised us on prevention of mites/ illness and how to detour foxes and vermin. Annette talks with knowledge, humour and realism from years of chicken keeping. She was able to answer our questions and make sense of our uncertainties and put right many chicken myths. My problem was not being able to catch and pick up a chicken! I went home that afternoon and successfully picked up, clipped the wings on some and trimmed all the nails of my chickens! This course has given me confidence with handling my birds and a greater knowledge of how to look after my little flock. I cannot recommend this course enough.

Wonderful course with a great host! - Maureen, Berkshire,

We really enjoyed this well run course with a hands on approach. Very informative, giving us a really good overview and answered all of our questions. Great for beginners. It's amazing how quickly the time went!

Brilliant! - Karen,

My partner and I went along to one of Annette's Saturday morning courses and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - Annette is very knowledgeable and obviously passionate about her chickens! We started sitting around the kitchen table with coffee and biscuits, being given lots of information and asking lots of questions, then went out to the fields to look at, catch and hold a variety of chickens and get and very good idea as to when a bird is healthy and when it is not. Annette was very generous with her time and knowledge and we came away feeling much more confident about starting chicken keeping. A few weeks later, having bought a coop and made a secure enclosure at home, we returned to Annette's farm and bought 5 chickens from her, two ex-battery hens and 3 other youngsters. Annette has been brilliant answering a whole load of questions that have come up in our first couple of weeks of chicken ownership - and yesterday we were very excited to have our first egg laid by Ruby, one of the ex-batts. All in all very highly recommended.

Very helpful - Samantha,

I went along to the course with my daughter and we both had a really nice time and are now looking forward to getting our own chickens. Annette is really down to earth and makes you feel very welcome as do her dogs. We had lots of opportunity's to handle the chickens and are encouraged to ask lots of questions. I would recommend her course to anyone who is thinking of getting chickens.

Fantastic and fun - Liz,

I attended Annette's course with my husband, daughter and her partner as we live in the same house and share animal care. There were 4 other people as well. We were very warmly welcomed and we all thoroughly enjoyed our introduction. We were able to handle lots of different hens and cockerels and were shown and had a go at trimming the flight feathers and watched nail clipping. We saw a poorly cockerel and broody hens. We saw chicks just hatching from their shells, we held 2 day old chicks and saw other chicks at various ages. The course was informative, well planned, and set us up to have our own hens. We can contact Annette in the future if we have any questions. Finally we had THE most wonderful lunch when we got home thanks to 6 eggs each from Annette's hens and ducks - we had never tried ducks eggs before but they are delicious. I can't really praise Annette enough - but will defo do the advanced course in time.

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