Learn the many reasons why chickens make a great – and easy – addition to any permaculture property. Recognize what chickens need to be healthy– and how you can provide for them. From coops, runs, and dust baths to food, water and breeding, you’ll gain the knowledge to raise happy birds who will provide you with tasty, organic eggs.
Our chickens course will give you a comprehensive understanding of what keeping chickens involves so that you will have the confidence to establish your own flock – and to ensure that your birds are kept healthy and happy.
You will discover the numerous benefits that chickens bring to a permaculture property. We all know that keeping chickens will provide you and your family with healthy, organically produced eggs – eggs that you know exactly what has gone into making them – but did you also know how keeping chickens can improve the quality of your soil, help your plants grow strong, and even help to heat your home? By studying this course you’ll learn how, and be able to reap the benefits on your own site.
We’ll look at the essential things you need to provide for your birds, such a shelter, outside space, food, water, and protection.
There is also a detailed analysis of how to site and orientate a chicken coop, as well as details on what it needs to contain – and keep out.
You will also learn the wide variety of possible sources of food for your birds – from the offcuts from your garden, and the insects that live there, to the scraps from your kitchen. And we’ll give you insights on which foodstuffs to avoid feeding your chickens. You’ll also learn about the importance of grit to a chicken’s diet, and how to make sure they get all that they need.
We will also explore meeting many other needs that chickens have, including:
• Avoiding stress
• Providing community
• Providing shade
• Enabling dust bathing
• Giving the birds good air quality
With this course you’ll be able to provide answers for all these needs, and spot any potential problems – we’ll give you some symptoms of common diseases to watch out for and advice on how to treat them should they arise – so that your birds remain robustly healthy and, in turn, provide you with plentiful yields.
This course also introduces you to some of the more common chicken breeds with which you can populate your flock. You’ll gain an understanding about their respective characteristics so you can select the most suitable for the size and conditions on your property. Among others, we’ll look at:
• Rhode Island Red
Not only that, but you will also learn detailed methodologies for breeding your own birds from eggs laid by your flock. You’ll discover how to hatch chicks using either your hens as brood birds, or via a mechanical incubator, as well as the importance of humidity and turning to ensure good embryo development. You’ll also learn how to perform “candling” to check their progress towards hatching.
And when your chicks have hatched – from either method – we’ll show you how to introduce them to your established birds so that they are absorbed into the flock with the minimum of fuss.