About the day:
You will spend the day learning all there is to know about keeping chickens at home as well as having the chance to meet and handle some of Nicola’s own chickens. The 1 day course, which includes a lunch break, covers practical chicken care including, choosing the correct type of hen for you, catching and holding the hens, inspecting, washing, wing clipping and egg laying. Our knowledgeable instructor will guide you through housing & husbandry, finding the best solutions and discussing the many options available. You will learn how to protect your chickens from predators, what to feed your flock, how to care for their medical needs, about their health and the pests chickens are susceptible to. The day will cover the best ways of breeding chickens, selecting chickens for meat or egg production and what to do with excess eggs, with some delicious recipes. By the end of the course, participants will know everything needed to set up with their own chickens, be entirely confident to keep hens, keep them healthy, treat ailments, breed chicks and generally gain enjoyment from their poultry.
You will need: Sensible clothing and footwear.
About the instructor:
Nicola is just crazy about chickens. She started keeping a few hens in her back garden 10 years ago and when one of them went broody, she bought a few fertilised eggs and it all went from there. Now she has a 10 acre farm and around 100 chickens. Nicola specialises in breeding beautiful birds that lay amazing eggs with coloured shells. She has a breeding flock which has built up over several years. Hens are raised to sell and cockerels to eat. Nicola is passionate about encouraging poultry keeping on a domestic scale, for the sake of the hens, the taste of the produce, the benefits for the environment and for the fun of it.