Posted 5th Apr 2017
If you’ve ever fancied keeping your own flock of hens, then spend a morning with experienced chicken-keeper and Omlet affiliate Cheryl Arvidson to discover if they’re really for you
Cheryl Arvidson has been keeping chickens for over 30 years, running courses for around six years, and thinks everyone should have some hens in their back garden! In fact she runs her courses from her home in rural Somerset, not far from Taunton, where her back garden is home to a happy little flock of Barnvelders, Pekin bantams and Barbu D’Anvers bantams.
Her three-hour Introduction to Chicken-Keeping course is a mix of theory and practical learning, including looking at the different breeds and the types of housing she has outside and there’s a chance to handle the birds too. Cheryl begins the morning by finding out about what you hope to get from the session over a cuppa, then it’s outdoors you go to discuss the pros and cons of a variety of henhouses, including an Omlet Eglu. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to handle the birds and learn how to hold them correctly, as well as talking about poultry health and feeding. You’ll also have a chance to help Cheryl collect the day’s freshly-laid eggs and learn about the rules and regs associated with selling them. Then it’s back indoors to spend the last hour enjoying a cuppa and a slice of cake while Cheryl offers a general question and answer session based on what you’ve experienced outside. Cheryl has also written a highly informative set of course notes, which you’ll get a chance to go through with her and take home with you at the end of the session. After a morning with Cheryl you’ll have learned about what breeds are best for you, the type of space and housing you’ll need for them, how to care for your birds and also how many eggs you can expect to get from your girls. In fact everything you need to know to start planning your own flock of happy hens.
Cheryl’s Introduction to Chicken-Keeping courses run from 9.30am-12.30pm and cost £46 per adult, £5 per accompanied child (ages 5-16). Group sizes range from one to one, up to a maximum of six.
To find out more, or to book a course with Cheryl, visit www.greenmeadowpoultry.co.uk or call 07970 594 226.
Feature Anna-Lisa De’Ath