Discussing chicken keeping today. 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. This course is aimed at all chicken keepers wishing to feel confident that they can care for and handle their hens in the correct way. Course programme: 1 day 9.30- 4.30 pm In the morning we will cover: 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 Setup, housing and equipment, run space, flooring, and bedding. 4. Caring For Your Hens - Feed, routine care, daily feed requirements and treats In the afternoon we will discuss: 1. Possible Perils of Poultry Keeping - A classroom session discussing the details of the most common pests and diseases and how to identify, protect, and treat your birds in the most practical way. Also covering the most likely chicken predators focusing on keeping your flock safe from the fox - the number one enemy. 2. Questions and Answers - A general session over tea and coffee to cover individual and specific issues 3. Handling your hens - A practical session demonstrating how to catch a chicken, hold and inspect for fleas and lice, clipping wings, claws and beaks, and handling techniques for other treatments. Course Tutor: Jason Weller Jason is the co-owner of Mantel Farm and our expert in chicken care, he has written many articles for our website and for the home farmer magazine and talks at shows and events, sharing his experience and stories along with his expertise. What To Expect: An informal day 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 hens and equipment available, and you will receive a useful pack of course notes to take away.

What's included in the price?

Please bring a packed lunch. Refreshments will be provided, including a homemade cake. Parking is available at the entrance to our farm and our training room is just a short walk down our track. Bring yourself, confirmation of your booking, a notebook, and any questions you may have. Please arrive 15 mins before the start of the course for a prompt start


7 hours

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts



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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Children
  • Limited mobility
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Parking provided
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Mother's Day
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Mantel Farm, Henley Down, Catsfield, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9BN