Cheryl Arvidson

About Me

I have kept chickens for thirty years and I think that EVERYONE should have hens in the back garden! I grew up on our family smallholding on the edge of the Quantock Hills in Somerset. I still live close by and my large fowl are kept there, whilst my bantam fowl are kept here in our garden in the village.

I keep a small number of breeds, concentrating on Barnevelders and and Salmon Faverolles, breeding them for dual-purpose utility and their dark brown and tinted eggs respectively. I also have Cream Legbars, for their pretty, blue-green egg. 

I keep Millefleur Pekin bantams, as they make good broodies for either hatching or fostering chicks. They lay tinted eggs. I also keep bantam Araucanas in blue/black and am aiming to breed for splash next year. They lay green eggs. This year I have also started keeping bantam Welsummerswhich lay brown eggs. 

I sell eggs weekly at the local farmers' market in Minehead and I sell hatching eggs and young birds when I have them. I run courses from beginners, through hatching to despatching and preparing for the table. I also keep quail, ducks and table rabbits and can run courses on these on request. 

A second adult from the same family and children (5 to 16) are welcome on my courses for £30 and £10 respectively - BY ARRANGEMENT, please. Additional fees can be paid on the day if necessary.

Smaller children may be possible (free) on the beginners course by negotiation - it depends on how many places are available. I also sometimes run 'Family' courses that are particularly aimed at little children; but we are very flexible, so please do ask and I will see what we can do to work around them on a 'normal' course. 

I leave it to parental discretion regarding whether it is appropriate for your children to participate in despatching/plucking/dressing. I'm happy to teach children who are comfortable with it and I give plenty of time for everyone on a course to decide whether they want hands-on experience on not.

My website is http://greenmeadowpoultry.co.uk

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My Courses

Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: $46.00

Date: Sat 08 Aug 2015

Time: 04:30 - 07:30 EDT

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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From Hatch to Despatch

Price: $46.00

Date: Sat 05 Sep 2015

Time: 04:30 - 07:30 EDT

  • Hatching with a broody or an incubator. Selecting parent stock and eggs, humidity, egg-turning and candling.
  • Brooding - Care of chicks. Bedding, heat sources, feed.
  • Bringing 'growers' on. How fast do they grow, when do the pullets start to lay and when are the cockerels ready for despatch?
  • Despatching - How to despatch using the 'broomstick method'.

 

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Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: $46.00

Date: Sat 12 Sep 2015

Time: 04:30 - 07:30 EDT

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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From Hatch to Despatch

Price: $46.00

Date: Sat 03 Oct 2015

Time: 04:30 - 07:30 EDT

  • Hatching with a broody or an incubator. Selecting parent stock and eggs, humidity, egg-turning and candling.
  • Brooding - Care of chicks. Bedding, heat sources, feed.
  • Bringing 'growers' on. How fast do they grow, when do the pullets start to lay and when are the cockerels ready for despatch?
  • Despatching - How to despatch using the 'broomstick method'.

 

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Introduction to Chicken Keeping

Price: $46.00

Date: Sat 17 Oct 2015

Time: 04:30 - 07:30 EDT

This is an introductory session for people who are thinking about keeping chickens. It is divided between theoretical and practical learning, including a look at the different breeds and housing we have and the chance to handle our birds.

A second adult from the same family is £30 and children (5 to 16) are £5, both BY ARRANGEMENT. Payment for these places can be made on the day.

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