Starting Out Keeping Chickens

Date(s) - 26 Sep 2021
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

This popular course is fun for all the family and will teach you everything you need to know to get started with keeping chickens.

Covering the variety of breeds, feeds and housing options available plus day-to-day care and how to perform basic health checks for when choosing your chickens.

Keeping ChickensGet hands on experience handling hens and day old chicks to give you confidence for when you get your own birds. This is an interactive course getting you involved and confident with poultry, feeding, housing and getting started on your chicken keeping journey. We will have The Poultry Handbook for sale at a discounted price and can provide activities for young children including drawings and a quiz.
Keeping ChickensChicken Dispatch course (2)







The morning will finish up with questions over refreshments and cake. There may even be some of our free range eggs for sale at the end too.

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!

Lewis (2)Tutor: Lewis Wescott of 

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.”

Fee: £35 adults (£15 for under 12’s with a paying adult)

Discounts available for booking both this course and ‘Getting more from 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).

To book: Please email or visit for more info and to book your place.

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).

Please contact us directly to book accommodation

You may also be interested in other poultry courses at Denmark Farm: Getting more from Keeping Chickens and Poultry Dispatch, Pluck and Gut plus many other workshops throughout the year.

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