Chicken Keeping Workshop

Keeping chickens in your garden is a wonderful way to add life and movement as well as providing you with wonderful fresh eggs. Here at The Little Lancashire Smallholding we've been keeping chickens for over 20 years so have gained quite a bit of experience looking after our feathered friends. We've kept rare breeds, hybrids, large fowl and bantams, rescue hens and those given to us by people who can no longer look after theirs. We've hatched chicks under broody hens and in the incubator, and even boarded hens whilst their owners were on holiday! Our number have varied over the years between half a dozen and fifty plus, but up to a dozen hens and the occasional cockerel is the norm here.

Chicken Keeping Workshop - 2 hours

Topics covered include:

Are chickens for everyone?

Different breeds and their characteristics


Equipment and sundries


Health and behaviour


Husbandry routines


Where and how to buy your first hens



There will be ample time for questions and the opportunity to get hands on holding a chicken [though that's not compulsory]. You will also be sent full workshop notes by email immediately after the workshop. In addition, you have my support via email or text after the workshop, should you require it.

I'm not sponsored by poultry brands, nor do I sell chickens or related items,  so am able to give honest, unbiased opinion based on my experience.

Accessibility - there are six steps to access the chicken area so this workshop is not suitable for wheelchair users.

The workshop is held here on my smallholding on the Bury / Bolton border. The full address will be given on booking.

Workshop dates:

Sunday 30th May 10am - 12 noon

Sunday 30th May 2pm - 4pm

Thursday 10th June 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Book your place here.

For private group, or one to one sessions, please get in touch.