Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 01 Sep 2019

Time: September 1, 2019 13:00 - 16:00 pm

Location: Lampeter, Wales

Rating:   5 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

Advanced poultry keeping courses aimed at experienced keepers looking to gain more from their chickens. Covering anatomy and physiology, common ailments, parasite control and much more! Held at Denmark Farm Conservation Centre in the heart of rural Wales.

We will briefly cover the wide variety of breeds available and their specialisms before moving into more advanced care. Get hands on experience handling our chickens whilst discussing wing clipping, nail trimming, syringe feeding and more.
Participants will learn about anatomy with a discussion accompanied by a real life chicken skeleton, models, posters and images, incorporating physiology and how these organs function in healthy chickens; essential information for performing health checks.

Next will talk about common ailments and diseases, classic signs, symptoms and what you can do to treat at home - more importantly, when you will need to consult a vet.
We will also discuss breeding and incubation, introducing new hens and parasite control.

Courses are interactive with discussions between participants to share stories and experiences, finishing up with a Q&A session should you still have questions. All course attendees will receive a goody bag with course notes, pen and product samples. Refreshments included

About Me

Hi, I'm Lewis, a small animal veterinary surgeon and after obtaining an Animal Science degree I moved abroad to study Vet Med; in the future I hope to specialise as an avian vet.
I attend exhibitions and agricultural shows across the country promoting keeping chickens as pets and have been lucky to give talks at BBC Gardeners' World Live, Edible Garden Show, The Pet Show as well as running a day course at Highgrove Estate, home of HRH Prince Charles.

After working at a local childrens farm I knew we had to get chickens and so we started with 3 bantams in a wooden coop in 2006, then added 4 hybrids the year after - later buying an eglu classic after a battle with Red Mite!
I now have a small flock of assorted hybrids and pure breeds as well as breeding Call Ducks, kept in an Eglu Classic, Eglu Pet, an Eglu Go and an Eglu Cube attached to a Walk In Run.

We have caught the chicken bug and over the last few years have added to our flock with POL hens and have also bred Pekin bantams, hatching in an incubator and under a broody hen. Our hens are mainly pets but they have been bred from and a couple have won cards at local poultry shows.

We love that each chicken has a different personality and fresh eggs from them every day is a bonus!
Being a fan of exotics, also living with us is Hughie the tortoise, house rabbits, zebra finches as well as Gary the cat and Céline the dog adopted from the streets of Slovakia!


Unfortunately no dogs allowed, please ask about under 12's and wheelchair access in advance.
The hosts of this course accept no responsibility for any loss or injury while on the premises. By booking on this course you are agreeing to these terms.

If you cannot make the date specified for the course, or have any questions, please do contact me as alternatives can be arranged.

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Very informative course. - Caroline,

A really informative course, well delivered, at a very pleasant venue. I found Lewis' advice about medications and supplements egg-stremely (sorry!) useful. His hints as to which products are an essential in the first aid kit versus the ones that aren't worth bothering with because they don't work, was so helpful. Would definitely recommend this course although I wish I'd known before I travelled the 3 and a half hour journey to Wales, that Lewis runs the same course from his home in Sutton Coldfield - 10 miles away from my home!! Agggghhh!!

Great intro to chicken keeping! - Laura,

Thank you, Lewis, for a very informative day. We have been thinking about keeping chickens for some time now but didn't really know where to start. Now we have a plan in place and are looking forward to welcoming a small group of hens in the not-too-distant future. I would highly recommend this course for anyone who is new to chicken keeping or wants to improve their knowledge.

Eggcelent intro - Liiy,

We both ahd a great time on the course. We recently got some chickens but the course was very helpful , especially how to pick/hold them. It was good to have thing we had read confirmed by someone so knowledgable...

My chicken guru - Louise,

When I first entered into the world of owning chickens Lewis was my first port of call. He is incredibly knowledgeable,helpful, friendly, hospitable and kind. I have now been a chicken keeper for three years and cannot imagine having a garden without a chicken in it. Lewis is my chicken guru and I am extremely grateful for the help and advice he has provided me with. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

Chicken course for beginners - Adrian,

I and my partner thought that the hospitality given by Lewis and his family, and the course itself, was excellent.

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