Backyard Chicken Keeping
(27 & 28 May 2023)
Keeping happy, healthy & productive chooks.
We are excited to bring you our first weekend workshop!
Over two days you will learn the basics of keeping happy, healthy and productive chooks plus more advanced aspects of chicken keeping, including adding to your flock, advanced nutrition, enhancing habitat and rooster management.
Day 1 will be introductory and Day 2 advance. You can choose to come for either or both days, depending on where you are at with your chicken journey!
Day 1 (Saturday 27 May): On the first day we will cover the basics of keeping happy, healthy and productive chickens. We will cover the essentials of keeping chickens, such as establishing great housing & monitoring their environment, choosing chickens that are right for you, keeping them healthy including ensuring they are getting the right nutrition and meeting their everyday needs. Essentially we will cover all you need to know to start and maintain a healthy contented flock!
This day is designed for those thinking of starting a flock or those relatively new to chicken keeping. Or, for those who are simply crazy about chickens and want to hang out with like-minded souls ☺
Day 2 (Sunday 28 May): The second day will see us go a little deeper. We cover adding to your flock, which includes introducing new chooks, breeding (fertilised eggs, chicks, hatching), plus working with a broody hen or an incubator. We will cover ‘going the extra mile’ in terms of nutrition (fermenting grains, enhancing protein uptake) and their environment (building ‘toys’, growing medicinal plants, creating a browsing garden) and performing an overall health and maintenance check. In the afternoon we will look at managing roosters (keeping roosters, behavioural considerations) and dispatching them (hands-on demonstration). For those who do not wish to attend this session there will be an additional ‘chook-centric’ session on offer.
This day is hands-on and interactive, designed to meet the needs of those who already have a flock and are wanting to advance their skills. It is best suited to those who already have an established flock or who have attended one of our introductory days.
Saturday 27 May & Sunday 28 May
Both days: 9am to 3pm
at Schoolhouse Farm
Verona, Bega Valley, NSW
Day 1 alone: $150pp (Children 5-16 $100)
Day 2 alone: $175pp (Children 5-16 $125)
Day 2 alone discount for those who have previously attended one of our introductory courses: $150pp
Day 1 and Day 2 combined: $300pp (Children 5-16 $225)
Scrumptious morning tea and lunch included on both days.
Limited numbers – workshops fill very quickly so please book soon
Your hosts will be
Deborah Gough – Schoolhouse Farm
Heritage Chicken Breeder & Small Farm Produce
Cheryl Nelson – Natural Chicken Health
Producer of Super Mash & voice of ‘Chook Chat’