We are Steve and Lisanne, and we run the Omlet hen keeping courses in north Manchester. I am the main chicken keeper, and the guilty party who converted the family to 'the good life.' My husband, Steve, is the perfect party host as he keeps everyone topped up with a drink!
I have kept all types of animals in my life but chickens definitely rock! They are relatively low maintenance and they produce fresh eggs as well as manure, pest control and provide us with entertainment. They are the pets that keep on giving! However, when we started out, there was limited information available and no one else kept chickens as pets in the area. Chickens were still regarded purely as farm stock, so I think a lot of people thought we were a bit mad! Our neighbours have been great though, and have been fully supportive from the word go. We have had various breeds of hens, but at the moment we just have pure breds and also some young chicks we've hatched in spring. We like to choose hens that lay different coloured eggs for variety and also so we know who's pulling their weight! We also have 3 cats, Bart, Phoebe and Ringo who like to watch the chickens antics from the window.
We've kept hens for over 7 years now and we've had our ups and downs, and learnt that some problems just aren't covered in text books! This is why we started running our chicken keeping courses, primarily to provide a friendly intro and practical advice. We keep it informal so you can ask your own questions. They have been so popular, we often get past course attendees email us when they get their own hens and also when they have further queries. Chicken keeping has grown massively in this area and I hope to pass on our knowledge through our courses so other people can have as much satisfaction as we do and avoid any potential problems.
Our 2 hour courses include refreshments, goody bags and additional printed notes, which include useful contacts and a hen shopping list! Free range eggs are sometimes available to buy; please ask on the day. Hope thats everything covered, but if you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us.
Date: Sat 22 Aug 2015
Time: 07:00 - 09:00 EDT
All you need to know about keeping chickens but were too afraid to ask! This is a fun, informal 2 hour course packed with advice aimed at those just starting out, considering taking the plunge or just interested. You will get to meet our hens, see the Classic Eglu AND Eglu Cube and learn how to care for chickens. This is all done in a normal garden in a modern estate in north Manchester, so come and book your place to see how you can make chicken keeping work in your own home.More Info & Booking
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