Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 18 Mar 2018

Time: March 18, 2018 13:00 - 15:30 pm

Location: Ainsworth, Bolton


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

Having kept poultry for over 15 years now, I am often asked for advice by novice and 'soon to be' poultry keepers. In response to this I offer introductory courses for those thinking of getting their first hens. Courses are held here on my little registered smallholding, and are very 'hands on'. If the weather is bad, we can retreat into my workshop and warm up around the woodburner. In spring / early summer we sometimes have chicks, ducklings and young birds for you to handle too ! Over tea / coffee and homemade cake we will discuss: Different breeds that may suit you Purchasing birds - what to look for How to be prepared before you bring your hens home Types of housing, runs and fencing Predators How to handle chickens Daily / weekly routines Where to position your hen house Pests and diseases Cockerels Chicken behaviour - broodiness, pecking orders, introducing new birds Types of feed and feeding patterns There are printed notes and a little goody bag for each person to take home! Please wear appropriate outdoor clothing as you may get wet and/or muddy! Wellies or stout boots are essential. Children over 8 are welcome but must book a place. Accessibility: there are about 8 steps up to the area where the chickens are, however, my workshop is wheelchair accessible and has a good view of the chicken runs. If you let me know of any mobility issues/access requirements, I will do my utmost to accommodate your needs. Parking is on the drive or on the road opposite. Sorry but dogs are not permitted due to livestock.

About Me

I have kept various types of poultry for over 15 years now, including pure breed chickens, hybrids, ex-battery hens, ducks, geese quails and even a few turkeys! I've hatched many many chicks and - yes - I do eat the odd spare cockerel, dispatching, plucking and dressing it myself. I DO NOT cover the dispatching of chickens on my courses! My favourite breeds are the large ones - buff orpingtons, cochins and jersey giants and those that lay dark eggs, but I find even the ugliest most dishevelled bird very lovable! Since 2008 Ive always had a few ex battery hens too! I live on a little registered smallholding in Lancashire on the border or Bury and Bolton with my family and animals including our Shetland and Ouessant sheep.

My chicken keeping courses are very informal and relaxed and are based on my 13 years experience with my feathery girls and boys .


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