On Saturday July 28th, 1pm to 4pm, right here on the Farm, we’ll be running an “Introduction to Keeping Chickens” course for anyone thinking of getting their own chickens. No existing knowledge required. We’ll cover everything you need to think about and plan for, with advice on choosing breeds, on what equipment you’ll need to buy, and how to look after your chickens. The three-hour course will include plenty of hands-on time learning how to handle chickens safely and confidently. It’ll be a hen party, but you’ll be left with a great feeling (and handouts) instead of a hangover. £25 per person, children over 7 welcome. Includes refreshments. To make sure everyone has lots of chicken-time, there’ll be just 8 places. Book early!
The course will be run by Nick Golson, Farm Manager, RAU graduate and chicken-liker.
What the course will cover:
Thinking it all through: reasons to keep chickens, commonly asked questions
What you need in terms of housing and equipment, how to deal with foxes, what to feed
How to choose and buy the chickens: hybrids, pure breeds, bantams
How to get them home and settle them in
The daily, weekly and monthly routine
Pest control and predators
Basic anatomy, general health and health problems
When to call the vet