Soon to be announced Spring courses
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Art & Practice of Incubation, Brooding & Educating Chicks —Begins Wed. Feb 25th, 2015
This is a first-time, experimental & experiential course with an expected 8 (or more) classes.
Suitable for home school and class projects.
Chickens and YOU Primary Series —Spring Dates & Times To be Announced
Therapy Chicken Training & Coaching —Class closed. Next class schedule to be announced.
Home Poultry Processing Training & Coaching — 6 Classes
This course will be offered May through Oct
when the first batches of chickens will be old enough to process.
Garden Chicks: Growing Food With and For Chickens —Research
Chicken Lunch-Time discussions Invitation only. Contact training@ChickensAndYOU.com for information.
Winter Chicken & Coop Winterization — 4 Classes available Oct through Dec, 2015
Detailed Course Descriptions Are Below
This is the first EVER ON-LINE, LIVE incubation & brooding course that combines artificial and natural ways. Students practice incubation and managing broody hens real time along with the instructor.
Starts Feb 25, 2015—Wednesdays 7:30 EST
Incubation is one of the critical keys to local and heritage poultry sustainability. Artificial and natural (sitting hens) can be confusing. There are many "beliefs" about incubation and broody hens that are based upon: "this is the way it's always been done". These traditional ways are not necessarily the best, nor the easiest for both the hen and the eggs. Join in this course on the amazing discovery of embroyo life in the shell, and the chick-hood transformation during the hen home school.
During this 10-week course, students are instructed and coached through the entire processes of:
• Selecting eggs
• The incubating process both artificially and with broody hens.
• Broody hen management & feeding.
• Hatching eggs (pipping).
• The critical first week of chick-hood.
• Chick nutrition for optimal health.
• Primary chick health care.
• Chickability and why you must understanding it as a life or death matter.
• Educating baby chicks.
• When chicks are ready to go out-side.
• Integrating chicks into your flock.
• When chicks are ready to go out-side.
Students incubate eggs at home or in their class room, and manage broody hens (if any) in tandem with the class so there is real-time, in-sync instructions with the incubating and broody process.
Learn incubating and brooding skills that will serve you a lifetime, and give you the ability to maintain a self-perpetuating flock. Course facilitator Patricia Foreman & Broody Hens. 10 classes (maybe more).
SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR THIS DEVELOPMENTAL COURSE Tuition discounted to only $175.
Qualified as an advanced course for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma.
A therapy chicken is specially selected and trained, and its owner specifically trained to handled a bird in order to provide therapeutic visitation, comfort, education and entertainment to people in retirement homes, assisted living, schools, rehabilitation facilities and other suitable venues. Learn how to work with your birds (often household pets) to take them safely and sanitarily to visitation places.
• Bird selection
• Handling & training fundamentals
• Bird safety
• Public speaking & teaching
• Transportation of birds
As the therapy chicken handler, you must be able to:
• Read your bird's particular stress signals
• Anticipate your animal's responses, behavior and positions
• Advocate for the safety and well being of your bird at all times
• Re-direct your bird's behavior in a positive way, t
• Chicken chat & valid information with the people you visit
• Know the 7 myths of urban chickens with appropriate responses.
Graduates awarded the Certified Therapy Chicken Handler Certificate.
Course facilitator Patricia Foreman. 6 Classes from 60 to 90 minutes long. Tuition $175.
Qualified as one of the advance courses for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma.
This is a developmental & research course initially by invitation only. Contact pat@ChickensAndYOU.com for more information.
This course picks up where class 107 in the Primary Series ends. It is intended to explore practical, and effective ways to employ chickens in gardens to:
• Create and enhance living topsoils.
• Document which plants and bugs chickens forage on in different growing zones.
• Which produce, fruits and critters they prefer and you can provide through the growing season.
• The use of yards as a mini-pastures (including rotational grazing systems) to build soil fertility, provide fresh graze.
• Document the control insects, including ticks and fleas.
• Integrate different types of fencing by understanding what works, and what doesn't.
• Quantify how much chicken-assisted biomass recycling that transforms trash into black gold. • • • Designs and ideas for birdscaping (planting trees, shrubs. perennials and annuals that serve your flock.
• Document ways to feed flocks off the land so that not all chicken feed has to come from bags. There are many crops you can grow in your yard to feed your flock. This ever-expanding course goes into detail a crop’s life-cycle to understand when, and how, chickens can be incorporated for insect control, fertilizing, soil management and harvesting. Best of all, we will talk about getting truly wholesome, nutritious, homegrown food for both you and your flock.
Weekly sessions begin Tues. March 3, through May (about 12 classes). 12 noon to 1pm hosted by Pat Foreman.
This first time research class is by invitation only.
Email Training@ChickensAndYOU.com for an application. Call (540) 261-8775 for more information.
This will be a first-time EVER course and coaching on home poultry processing. Learn how to humanely, safely, sanitarily and skillfully process your birds. What to do with those roosters and older hens? Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. Topics include:
• The power of knowing your meat source, how it was raised, fed and processed
• The sacred significance of taking a life—so that you can live
• The science & chemistry behind skilled meat processing
• Processing equipment that you have—or could easily borrow
• Hand plucking made fun
• Super simple evisceration & an educational anatomy lesson
• Nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds
• Cold shorting & effective freezer packaging for long-term storage
Processing your own chickens for family food is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combined it with new techniques so that poultry processing becomes common knowledge in homes and communities.
Presented by Patricia Foreman and David Schafer-The Featherman
Course begins February 10, 2015, Tuesdays, 7:30pm EST. This is the flagship course that lays the foundation for understanding how, and why chickens are the foundation enablers of local foods.
After completing classes, and passing an exam, participants are awarded the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (with a diploma suitable for framing). Advanced classes and projects lead to the coveted Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.
Text books: City Chicks: Keeping Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers, by Patricia Foreman.
Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Health Soils, by Andy Lee and Patricia Foreman
101. The Chicken Have-More Plan
There is a back to the land movement and it’s happing in backyards and on small parcels of land across the planet. By employing chickens’ skill sets, and permaculture design principles in kitchen and production gardens you can grow and produce much of your own vegetables, eggs and meat. This not only saves on grocery bills, but you are assured that your food is grown in living, clean soils and the food, using and preserving heirloom seeds, is high in vitamins and minerals. With small-scale, labor-saving methods, you will learn how to minimize work and maximize production in your spare time, and have fun doing it. Developing your own chicken have-more plan is the most practical way to Occupy Backyards, and at the same time, stretch income and keep yourself, and your family, in good health. Suggested Reading: City Chicks, Chicken Tractor, Empty Harvest: Understanding the Link Between Our Food, Our Immunity, and Our Planet, by Dr. Benard Jensen and Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond.
102. Laying Hens for Egg Production
This is a comprehensive, participatory course for those who want to keep small family flocks of primarily egg laying hens. Beginning with adult birds this workshop covers the main considerations of caring for your hens including, hen anatomy and physiology, behavior, handling, health, nutrition, egg management, and housing. We will explore which chicken breeds tend to do best in various climates. All questions will be answered. You will leave with the knowledge necessary about successfully keeping chickens in your backyard. Textbook: City Chicks.
103. Brooding and Educating Baby Chicks
Nothing is cuter than a baby chick. Watching their rapid development from—peep to pullet—is a miracle. During the brooding time, you have the role of keeper and guardian angel. This intensive, interactive, hands-on course covers chick anatomy & physiology, behavior, health, nutrition, housing, breed selection, and more. All questions will be answered. By the end of the course you will know everything you need to know about successfully—and expertly—raise your very own baby chicks from day one to point-of-lay. City Chicks Chapter .
104. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never Knew
There are ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness and even an emotional bond. But first you must learn how a chicken thinks, and prefers to be treated. It’s sometimes not what you think. Some birds can even be trained to serve as therapy chickens and class room assistants. Get close and personal with your biddy buddy. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting-edge, hands-on, nose-to-beak workshop. Textbook: City Chicks.
105. Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The Science & Art of Cooking with Eggs
Eggs are among the most nutritious, easily digestible and absorbed foods available on the planet. Eggs are so adaptable that they can be used for a variety of dishes. They create elegant soufflés, hold meat loaf together, keep oil and vinegar from separating in mayonnaise, and form crystals in candies. They spin magically into meringues and thicken smooth custards. Eggs build cake batters by providing the structural framework, and produce finely grained ice creams, enrich soups, glaze pie crusts. What other food can do all this? It’s said you can tell a great chef from a cook by the way they treat and use eggs. Learn the chemistry behind the magic of eggs in this egg-splicit, eggciting workshop.
106. Primary Poultry Health Care & The Poultry's Pharmacy
Learn the essential of preventative disease management that utilizes proactive care to keep your flock healthy. You will learn about considerations for housing, air quality, feed, water and special challenges that you might face with your flock. You will learn how to treat the most common diseases as well as wounds and trauma. Includes hands-on administration of treatments and wound care. Learn how to use or make simple, but effective treatments without prescription drugs. This workshop teaches you what you need to know to avoid most veterinary bills. Text book: City Chicks
107. Garden Chicks: Introduction to Growing Food With and for Family Flocks
This cutting-edge, ever-expanding, interactive workshop gives you practical, and effective ways to employ chickens in your garden or homestead. Learn how chickens create and enrich topsoil. Understand that not all chicken feed has to come from bags. Learn how chickens forage—and which food they prefer. Use your yard as a mini-pasture (including rotational grazing systems) to build soil fertility, provide fresh graze. Control insects, including ticks and fleas. Integrate different types of fencing by understanding what works, and what doesn't. Jump start your gardens with chicken-assisted biomass recycling that transforms trash into black gold. Begin birdscaping, which is planting trees, shrubs. perennials and annuals that your flock will perpetually love.
And not all chicken feed has to come from bags. There are many crops you can grow in your yard to feed your flock. Learn how chickens forage and what plants they prefer. Use your yard as a mini-pasture, including rotational grazing to build soil fertility and provide fresh graze. This ever-expanding course goes into detail a crop’s life-cycle to understand when, and how, chickens can be incorporated for insect control, fertilizing, soil management and harvesting. Best of all, we will talk about getting truly wholesome, nutritious, non-GMO homegrown food for both you and your flock. This is truly a “Think Outside the Coop and Inside Local Food Systems“ workshop.
108. Biomass Recycling, Composting, Top Soil Creation with Chicken Helpers
The chickens in your family flock have skill sets that can be used to create compost, fertilize and build tilth in top soil. And simultaneously, they help decrease the amount of “trash” that is collected by the solid waste management system. Learn how your feathered bipeds can serve as clucking civic workers to help save BIG TIME tax payer dollars and as Partners Toward Zero Waste for communities and counties.
109. Way of the Hen: Incubating and Brooding Naturally
Using, managing and understanding broody hens is almost a lost art. And yet, broody hens happen. With the surge of family flocks, many poultry owners are wondering what to do with their broody moody biddies. From our literature searches there is very little practical information about employing hens to incubate eggs, and brood chicks naturally. In many ways, this is a key not only to family flock self-sufficiency, but also to preserving the heritage breeds. Course facilitator Patricia Foreman. Textbook: City Chicks.
110. Course Review, Q&A, Preparation for Final Exam for the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (with a diploma suitable for framing).
Tuition $195. Facilitated real-time live by Pat Foreman
"Practical information that cannot be found anywhere else. This course teaches you how to care for your soil in order to better care for your chickens AND how to have your chickens build the soil to better care for YOU! The class on brooding was the most useful information I have ever received on the subject, with many tips and tricks that you won’t get in any of the how-to books. This on-line course is interactive and super friendly, I have made many friends during the course and I am so excited to stay in touch." Karen Johnson—North Carolina
I’ve enjoyed and benefited from the class tremendously. Thanks for all you’ve done! Don Rowland—South Carolina
"Great course! Thank you for taking the time to teach. This class was good for the newbie to the experienced poultry owner and you've done a great job of putting it all together." Dr. Laurel Eakin—Indiana
Protect your flock from frigid winter storms. Winter care of flocks has management differences from the rest of the year. Learn simple, time-saving ways to make daily tasks easier and keep flocks healthy through the severest of storms. Take this course for the sake of your birds!
"This course made me confident that I'm doing the right things to keep my flock healthy through the winter. It's such a peace of mind. I'd so glad I took it!" Carolyn Watterworth—Ohio
• Breed–cold tolerant characteristics.
• Winter egg production
• Coop & shelter cold weather modifications
• Winter feeds, feeding & water supply
• Homegrown chicken feed: harvest crops from your garden for your flock through the winter
• Pro-active disease prevention and optimal winter flock health care
• Frostbite prevention and treatment.
Students prepare an action plan for their winter flock care and coop modification. Everyone receives individual coaching on what works and what doesn't. Get ready now for those increasingly severe storms and prevent a lot of trouble and harm to your birds later. Course facilitator Patricia Foreman. Tuition only $65
LIVE ONLINE COURSES AND COACHING
• Convenient access of on-line training from wherever you are with a computer or phone.
• Advanced GoToTraining format with cam video.
• Class notes with copies of all slides for clear understanding of concepts, designs and systems.
• 24/7 replay of class sessions.
• Real time video streaming and chat during class.
• Chat room opens 1/2 hour before class and remains open for Q&A and student interactions.
• Classes run from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the topic and student questions.
• Small classes for maximum participation.
• Available international through your computer & VoIP, or phone access.
• Continue with other Chickeneers on a private (closed) Chickens and YOU FaceBook group.
• We strive to keep tuition affordable; targeted at about $20 per contact hour.
• Facilitated live by popular author & speaker Patricia Foreman and other expert guest Chickeneers
To arrange for courses in your area, scheduling & registration (540) 261-8775 or eMail: Training@ChickensAndYou.com