Normally our farm is closed to the public to protect the biosecurity of our flocks and land. In 2017 we opened our gate for the first time to host a day of beginning and advanced chicken keeping classes taught by Franchesca Duval.
Back by popular demand, in 2018 we will be offering the same chicken keeping classes with the addition of a rooster/quail processing workshop led by Ryan Duval. Detailed class outlines, times and registration details can be found below.
Workshop Day At The Farm In Sebastopol
March 24th 2018
10am-12pm Beginning Chicken Keeping With Franchesca Duval
Hour Lunch Break Off The Farm
1pm-3pm Advanced Chicken Keeping With Franchesca Duval
1/2 Hour Break
3:30pm-5:30pm Rooster and Quail Processing With Ryan Duval
Beginning Chicken Keeping Class Outline
*All about the egg, store bought vs. pasture raised (we will crack a store bought egg vs. pastured egg side by side to show signs of nutrition, freshness and fertility)
* Overview of breeds of chickens, choosing the right breeds for your back yard be it breeds for pets, strong egg producers, meat producers, or dual purpose. (A handout covering all of these breeds will be provided)
* Purchasing chicks.
* Brooding chicks (including all equipment needed).
*Building and or purchasing a predator proof coop with a chickens well being and optimal comfort in mind.
* Equipment for feeding and watering your chickens.
*Correct feed for the various stages of your chickens life, where to get it and how to properly store it.
*Proper bedding for your coop, how to clean your coop and sustainable reuse of the bedding from the coop.
*Setting yourself up for success in how you relate to your flock and daily interactions.
*Normal chicken behavior vs. basic signs of illness.
*Collection and proper storage of eggs.
Advanced Chicken Keeping Class Outline
*Home breeding and incubation.
*Overview of various incubators on the market.
*Proper incubation technique, what temperature and humidity to be aiming for. (A handout will be provided covering this).
*Incubating with a machine vs. a broody hen, health benefits of both methods.
*Selecting eggs to incubate, testing for fertility and viability. (We will crack an egg open to show signs of fertility).
*Candling of eggs
*Feather and egg color genetics of breeds, how to create your own breed (A handout will be provided with charts for easy reference).
*Holistic health management of the flock.
*Setting up proper biosecurity and how to maintain it.
*Proper wing trimming technique
*Signs and symptoms of sickness, overview of various common illnesses.
*What to keep in the home veterinary kit.
*Treatments for common ailments.
Rooster and Quail Processing Class
*Raising of a rooster that is safe to handle
*Setting up a proper processing space and tools to have at the ready
*Ending the life of a rooster in a swift and humane way
*Proper cleaning and processing of rooster without skin
*Proper cleaning and processing of rooster with feathers plucked and skin on
*Use of all parts of the rooster from feathers to feet
*Recipes to try at home with your freshly processed rooster
*Raising of male quail
*Ending the life of a quail in a swift and humane way
*Proper cleaning and processing of quail
*Recipes for your freshly processed quail
Cost for each class is $65 which includes handouts to take home. If you are interested in participating in two classes the cost is $110. If all three classes interest you then the cost would be $150 for the days education. Children 12 and under may attend for free with a paying adult, a second child is $25 per class.
Class participants receive 15% off any chick or hatching egg order placed in 2018. If preordered before the class date we will have chicks and or hatching eggs available for pickup on the 24th.
Each class is limited to 30 participants and this is the only date we will be offering the classes on the farm in 2018.
To register send an email to AlchemistFarm@gmail.com and we will get you all squared away!