Ways to learn the practical side of chicken keeping

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by SusanD, Oct 26, 2016.

  1. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps


    I rehomed three chickens in September that I had raised for a year and a half. I was (and am) attached to them, so I was a hard decision. I think it was the right one though, as it was getting to the point where it was causing my parents more stress than pleasure. And I was unsure about my ability to get them comfortably through another winter without changing our setup, and to handle any health issues they might have.

    I would love to have chickens again in the future again if the timing is right. In the meantime, I am wondering if you might be able to suggests ways for me to learn the practical side of chicken keeping (maybe volunteering at a shelter)?
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    I think if you raised three birds for a year and a half you likely already have a firm understanding of what it takes to be a chicken keeper. When you say 'the practical side' are you referring to eggs and meat? Or just the ins and outs of caring and maintaining them? Could you volunteer at a poultry farm in your area?
  3. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks for your reply. I was referring mainly to dealing with health issues (such as blocked crop or bumblefoot) without panicking and also to setting up and properly maintaining their coop and run.
  4. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2013
    Central Texas
    There is a free online class on Coursera that starts November 14. You'll learn a lot about what chickens need, why the need it, & how to provide it. It's an excellent course and the videos are very short but informative.

    Chicken Behaviour and Welfare - Univeristy of Edinburgh

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