Advice, help & training for poultry owners

Online and telephone consultations

Bring your hen to the camera and show me round our coop.

If required, medications arranged with your local vets for collection. I can also help your vet perform investigations or treatments if you live far away.

Introduction to Chicken Health Course

I offer the following face-face online courses with a maximum group size of 6 people.

 

I use technology that brings my course to life on your screen, and you will be able to interact and perform tasks like we were all sat together.

Please have your tea and biscuits at the ready and bring a favourite, healthy hen for parts 1 and 2, sat safely in a pet carrier with food and water, or comfortably penned up outside to be easily caught.

 

Technical info: You will need access to a computer with speakers and ideally a webcam for an hour. You can still participate without a webcam, but we wont be able to see you, your hen or what you are showing us.

You will receive an email with a Zoom link before the course, which you will need to follow to join.

 

See recent course reviews below.

To discuss more date options please email me. 

Identifying Illness

1 hour 15 min

After completing this course you will be able to identify signs of illness and easily monitor your chickens health at home. You will first learn some basic chicken anatomy, then you'll be asked to get one of your hens so that you can learn where to feel and what to look for.

From:

£22.50

Parasites & Nutrition

1 hour 15 min

After completing this course you will be able to describe how to keep your birds healthy. You will learn about worming, mite and lice control and nutrition. I also have a Q&A session for you to ask any unanswered questions. Please bring a sample of your feed (all types) so you can do a "show and tell" and have an easily accessible hen to perform a parasite check on with the rest of the group.

From:

£22.50

Happy Coop

01/19 - 01/23

For people with more than 3 chickens or hens running with a cockerel. You will learn about how to minimise stress in your coop. Chickens are feisty and have strong pecking orders. Many diseases arose from "stress" caused from hen-hen interactions. By the end of the course you will learn how to correctly set up a hen house and how to prevent stress-induced disease in your coop.

From:

£22.50

RECENT FEEDBACK

I recently teamed up with Kate from Hens on Oxley to run a very successful "Introduction to chicken health" morning for some local chicken owners over tea and biscuits. This included a game of chicken anatomy, practical on bird handling and question and answer session.

Other Services

Home visits

Production advice

I will come and see your birds in their natural environment and help you optimise your set-up for bird health and welfare in a cost effective manner. We will discuss their environment, diet and a preventative healthcare plan.

Breeding, hatching & brooding

Home or commercial advice

Hens naturally usually do a fantastic job rearing their chicks. Replicating this ourselves using an incubator and brooding box is lots of fun, but is a challenge to perfect. There are often many ways your home/small commercial system can be improved to optimise chick health and welfare, producing a better quality chick. I can help you achieve this.

Planning on keeping chickens?

Help with your preparations

I will come and see the site you plan to keep the birds, and help you decide what type of housing, equipment and feed is right for you, and discuss preventative veterinary care.

Gamebird rearing

Production advice

Optimal setup, husbandry and biosecurity is essential to producing a good quality bird. I can visit your premises prior to placement and help you prepare for the arrival of new birds. The focus will be on 

preventing disease, something which is particularly important if you have had disease challenge previously. 

Please note that I cannot supply medication currently.

Christmas birds

Optimising your bird's health

I will come and see the site you plan to keep the birds, and help you decide what type of housing, equipment and feed is right for you, and discuss preventative veterinary care.

Bespoke Courses

Learn more about poultry

If you and your friends want to learn more about keeping chickens, or any aspect of chicken health, welfare or production in the UK, I can help you learn about it. Courses can be formal or informal and tailored to your specific needs e.g. schools, tea groups or farm shop talks.

 

Advice, help and training for poultry keepers

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