Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Thu 23 Aug 2018

Time: August 23, 2018 11:00 - 13:30 pm

Location: Dorney, Berks

Rating:   6 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: No

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

I have a small, mixed flock of chickens (large fowl, bantams, pure breed, hybrids and ex commercial), white ducks and quail. When I started, I deliberately picked breeds based on colour of their feathers and colour of their eggs - that way I would know who was who and who was laying...... From there, I rescued a few girls, I was given a couple of others and then, being totally hooked, I wanted some other breeds so I could learn about their personalities and needs. I now have a fairly wide spectrum to show you and talk about.

I have learned so much over the years and look forward to helping others learn from my experiences. Keeping chickens is fun and totally addictive. My course can help you decide what to get, where to put them, what type of run and house and how to keep your chickens healthy, happy and safe.

The course I run will cover:

- Understanding why you want chickens and how they will fit into your life style

- Which breeds work for you, your family and your garden

- Where to put your chickens once you get them home and how to keep them safe from predators

- Advice on what to look for when buying your chickens (and when to walk away!)

- Options on different houses and runs (and show you a few choices)

- Talk about the different bedding and run floor options

- Show you different feeders and drinkers (and talk about the pro's and con's)

- What to feed and what NOT to feed your chickens

- How to keep your girls happy and healthy at all stages of their life

- Common health problems and what to watch out for

- If you get more chickens, how to integrate them safely and happily

- A few tips I've learned on keeping the chicken house, run and environment they live in shipshape

- First aid kits and what to have in store

The course is held at my house and in my garden, so please wear appropriate indoor/outdoor clothes/footware and a top you don't mind getting dirty (preferably with long sleeves). Please park on the drive when you arrive. We will start the course indoors over a cup of coffee/tea/soft drink but then venture out to meet the girls, handle them and talk about housing, your garden, look at the different houses and runs and various foods and products. I have several wooden houses as well as an Omlet Cube, Omlet Go Up with walk in run and an Omlet Eglu Classic.

I provide course notes and share my thoughts on the shopping list and essential items (including an indication of costs). There are plenty of opportunities to ask lots of questions.

Please note children over 10 years old are welcome on the course but they must be well behaved and pay for a place. Unfortunately, there are three steps down into my garden so tricky for wheelchair users.

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

About Me

Hello. My name is Louise and I started my chicken addiction after looking after a friend's chickens whilst they went on holiday and there it all began. I was very fortunate as, once I decided I wanted to keep chickens, I went on a course run by a lady who not only knew what she was talking about and had plenty of experience and passion but was willing to share her knowledge. I would now like to continue the legacy by helping other people start their journey into keeping chickens. I have a mixed flock of large fowl, bantams, pure breeds, hybrids and ex commercial girls. I also have white ducks and quail.

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Latest Reviews For This Host

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Great time with Louise and "Girls" - Junior,

Just to say, a biggest thank you to Louise for your time. Lean a lot, and I had fun. Met the Chichen was great. Thanks.

A wonderful way to spend 3 hours - Bridget,

I'm sure even someone not that interested in chickens would enjoy themselves in the beautiful surroundings of Louise's house and gardens! Louise is a fantastic host, and imparts so much enthusiasm and knowledge. You get the opportunity to meet and hold many different breeds, and see the different Eglu houses and other Omlet products, as well as see a variety of traditional wooden houses. An experience for all to enjoy.

Fantastic experience! Highly recommend it. - Simon,

Louise is fantastic & the 3 hours flew by. The course covered everything I wanted & needed to know, Louise's hospitality was superb and her knowledge is astounding. I'll save loads of time & money now I have the benefit of Louise's experience of setting up her chickens. Spending time with "the girls" helped me narrow down the breeds that suit me & the coop / run set up that will work best. On top of all this, I came away with half a dozen delicious fresh eggs! Can't recommend Louise highly enough.

really enjoyable and informative - Helen, Berks,

we really enjoyed the afternoon we spent with Louise and her chickens, we came away with loads of useful information and can't wait for our own chickens to arrive.

Well worth it. - Hilary,

I spent a delightful time with Louise and her "girls" on Saturday. The 3 hours course was well balanced providing me with both hands on experience and a host of information and practical tips. Louise couldn't have been more attentive to my numerous questions most of which were dealt with in the written notes that she gave me to take away with some beautiful eggs. I would thoroughly recommend her enjoyable course. 11th May 2015

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