Date(s) - 26 Sep 2021
1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
This half day session is for more experienced keepers of chickens to learn more in detail about anatomy, physiology and common diseases of poultry.
We will cover the healthy hen and how to a perform health check, breeding and incubation, rehoming ex-commercial birds and introducing new birds to your flock. After this we will move on to treating common ailments and parasite control. We will discuss some commonly used supplements, treating basic injuries and more importantly what to look out for when you will need to visit the vets. The course will take a more scientific route including discussing dissections so is aimed at adults, though mature children with a genuine interest in poultry are welcome.
The morning will finish off with a Q&A session over refreshments guided by attendees to seek advice and share experiences.
Attendees will go home with a goody bag containing a pen, keyring and course notes as well as various poultry leaflets, product samples and more!
Tutor: Lewis Wescott of DrChickenCourses.co.uk
Lewis (also known as Dr Chicken) is a small animal vet with a special interest in poultry. He studied for his BSc in Animal Science at Aberystwyth University and returns to Wales each year to host a weekend of chicken keeping courses. He travels the UK delivering pet owner education on the health and husbandry of backyard chickens, how best to care for them and has been lucky enough to give talks at The National Pet Show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live.
“When I first entered into the world of owning chickens Lewis was my first port of call. He is incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, friendly, hospitable and kind. I have now been a chicken keeper for three years and cannot imagine having a garden without a chicken in it. I am extremely grateful for the help and advice he has provided me with. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.”
Discounts available for booking both this course and ‘Starting Out Keeping Chickens’ (£60 for both) and additionally for those booking onto ‘Poultry Dispatch, Pluck and Gut’ on Saturday 25th September 2021 (£150 for all three).
Accommodation available at Denmark Farm: Eco Lodge private room: £40 per person/per night (min 2 nights), Dormitory: £25 per person/per night or Eco Campsite: £12.50 per person per night. All these options include use of the main kitchen in the Training Room for self-catering. There is also an option to hire a private self-catering apartment in the Eco Lodge for £350 (sleeps 2 people/up to 3 nights).