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Beginning your chicken keeping course

Duration: 3 hours

Price: £48

Contact: Kerry Weller at Mantel Farm

Mantel Farm
Henley Down
Catsfield, Battle
East Sussex
TN33 9BN

Course Start Dates

Due to the uncertainty caused by COVID-19/Coronavirus, please contact the course organiser before finalising plans to attend this course.
Friday 24th April 2020
Friday 29th May 2020
Friday 26th June 2020
Friday 28th August 2020
Friday 25th September 2020
Friday 27th November 2020

About the Course

A 3 hour morning course discussing chicken keeping. Learn about the pleasures and perils of keeping hens in your garden, their suitability as pets and the joys of having your own fresh free-range eggs. What you need to know if you are just setting up.

A follow-on course is held in the afternoon, covering caring for your chickens. If both courses are booked for the same day we provide a complimentary lunch.

Course Programme: 3 hours, 9.30am - 12.30pm

Course Tutor: Jason Weller
Jason is the co-owner of Mantel Farm and spends most of his time either caring for the animals or carrying out his latest building project. As well as becoming our expert in chicken care, writing regular articles for poultry magazines and holding training courses, he also makes our chicken enclosures, designing and installing runs in customers' gardens, coming up with a layout that will work well in each and every garden or smallholding.

What To Expect:
An informal morning spent with others interested in chicken keeping. Our courses are limited to small groups and you will gain a wealth of information from a highly experienced chicken keeper. There is also a chance to see a sample of the different housing, hens and equipment available, and you will receive a useful pack of course notes to take away.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Course programme:
1. All About Chickens
An introduction, background and characteristics

2. Getting Started - Choosing Your Chickens
A hen or cockerel, breeds of chicken, size, looks and eggs

3. Getting Started - Your Set Up
Housing and equipment, run space, flooring and bedding

4. Caring For Your Hens
Feed, routine care, daily feed requirements and treats
Refreshments will be provided, including tea, coffee and cake. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track.

If you also book on our afternoon "caring for your chickens" course you will receive a complimentary lunch.

What To Bring:
Just bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook and any questions you may have. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

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