Community Wellbeing: How to Keep Chickens
There are a limited number of FREE places available on this course, for those aged 19 and over (at the start of the course) and who either have a mental health condition or difficulty, are employed and earning an annual salary less than £17,004 per annum, in receipt of state benefit in your own name and unemployed or working and earning less than £338 per month (or £541 for household claims), are a single parent, or have a social or emotional difficulty. For further details and to apply please email us. To find out more and to view the terms and conditions please view our Community Wellbeing page.
In recent years keeping chickens has become very popular. It is an enjoyable hobby with the added bonus of lovely fresh eggs! This course is designed to teach beginners all they need to know about keeping chickens. There will be a hands-on experience of handling and inspecting chickens and plenty of opportunities to ask questions.
The pleasure in seeing a group of chickens scratching around the garden providing you with a daily dose of amusement as well as organic bug control makes them so worthwhile. If you follow a few basic ideas, you will be keeping happy, healthy chickens in no time.
On this three-day course, you will learn about different breeds, accommodation requirements, correct nutrition, parasites and diseases and treatments and prevention methods.
- Choosing chickens to suit you: breeds of chicken
- Housing: different options for housing your hens
- Predators: what they are and how to protect your chickens
- Feeding: what a chicken needs to grow well and to be productive
- Health: the basics of chicken care; the moult; common diseases and their cures; parasites; chicken behaviour
- How to handle and examine a chicken
- Egg production: understanding how a hen produces an egg and ways in which you can help or hinder this process
Knowledge and the confidence to handle your birds with ease.
A keen interest and a positive attitude to learn.
Other leisure courses like Small Scale Farming or progress onto our Animal qualification courses.
Lunch is not provided so remember to bring a packed lunch if you wish, although there are catering outlets available at college.
This is a hands on course so please wear clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty.