Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 10 Mar 2019

Time: March 10, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 pm

Location: Radcliffe, Manchester

Rating:   46 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 printouts of 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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- Brian,

Very good course for people who are strongly considering chickens Lisanne has a wealth of knowledge, experience and answers any questions you might have in regards to raising hens. Very friendly, warm and welcoming I really enjoyed this course thank you

Fabulous Introduction to Chicken Keeping - Rebecca, South Yorkshire,

Absolutely fabulous! Lisanne is very knowledgeable and clearly knew a lot about her chickens. The information she provided was very valuable and made me feel much more confident. I loved spending time with the chickens outside and enjoyed my cuddle with Vanessa. I would recommend this course to anyone who is just starting out and wants to find out more about the practicalities of keeping chickens. Thanks Lisanne!

Excellent detailed course - Elizabeth,

Lisanne packed a huge amount of useful detail into the afternoon in her house. She talked through chicken health, purchase, housing, care - all with love for her animals shining through. Very practical, lots of advice. We saw her chickens and admired them! Highly recommended, great value course.

Great course ! - Ailsa,

Really informative and packs a lot into 3 hours but it felt relaxed enough to ask lots of questions . A very professional but user friendly presentation. I cane away feeling I knew a lot more about the care of chickens. I would have liked a little more chicken time though !

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! :)

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