Type: Chicken Keeping

Date: Sun 26 Apr 2020

Time: April 26, 2020 10:00 - 13:00 pm

Location: Tow Law, County Durham

Rating:   3 reviews


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About the course

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

The course includes:

  • choosing chickens to suit you: breeds of chicken
  • housing: different options for housing your hens
  • feeding: what a chicken needs to grow healthily and to be productive
  • health: the basics of chicken care; the moult; common diseases and their cures; how to handle a chicken and deal with chicken behaviour; parasites and treatment
  • legalities: laws and guidance from authorities relevant to keeping poultry

The course is led by Margaret Manchester, owner of Durham Hens. She has many years experience of keeping chickens and is a qualified adult education tutor.

Durham Hens is a family run business near Tow Law, County Durham. We have a huge variety of hens for sale. We also stock hen houses, poultry equipment and supplies. So if you're ready to get started, you have the option of purchasing a coop (Eglu Go, Eglu Go UP and other plastic and wooden coops), your hens and everything you need at the end of the course!

Durham Hens is an award-winning business: UK Best Poultry Supplier 2013, Theo Paphitis' Small Business Sunday 2014, WIN Award's Best Home Based Business 2015, Living North's Small Business of the Year 2015, Federation of Small Businesses & Worldpay's Microbusiness of the Year 2017.

About Me

I have many years experience of keeping hens as pets and on a commercial basis, and regularly advise chicken owners on all matters concerning their care. Each hen has a unique personality making them fascinating to watch and to be around. 

My previous vocation was teaching adults in archaeology, local history and genealogy so teaching these courses combines both skills and interests.

My courses are run on a friendly and informal basis with lots of practical, hands-on activity. Questions and discussions are encouraged - you can contribute as little or as much as you want.

Please note children are welcome but under 16s should be accompanied by an adult.

I look forward to meeting you!


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Great course for beginners -

Margaret shows you round the farm, teaching you about accommodation, health, breeds, behaviour, etc. You can handle a hen. She stocks everything you need for your hens but there is no pressure to buy. We finished our course with coffee and snacks and can ask any questions we have. Margaret is friendly and knowledgeable. They take card payments.

Absolutely Fantastic! X -

The course leader was fantastic and very knowledgable about chickens. Content was comprehensive with plenty of opportunity to ask questions. Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in keeping chickens. I'm really pleased I did the course and I think it was brilliant.

Fantastic! -

Wow! What a fantastic experience this course was. The course leader is obviously very passionate about keeping hens, and the course was very informative. The atmosphere was friendly and informal. Although this was a short course, I feel confident about starting to keep hens.

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