Gather. Modern Grange Events

Advanced Chicken Keeping

Ready to take your backyard flock to the next level? This two hour class will be packed with information and answers for experienced backyard chicken keepers. Franchesca Duval, head chicken wrangler at Alchemist Farm, will discuss various incubators and incubation techniques, how to select correct eggs for incubation, how test for signs of fertility, candling, feather color genetics, and how to breed for specific looks in your birds. She’ll also cover chicken health issues like vaccination, holistic health management of your flock, setting up proper biosecurity, NPIP certification, what to keep in your home veterinary kit, treatments for common ailments, and what to do what a bird that has perished if you want it tested. Two of Alchemist Farms favorite chicken breeds will be on display and there will be time for class questions. If you want to brush up on basics, the Beginner Chicken Keeping class takes place the same morning.

Franchesca Duval, head chicken wrangler at Alchemist Farm, believes that there is a chicken breed for everyone. She works with a foundation of the best breeding stock and constantly breeds up to perfection with temperament at the forefront of her mind. She watches every bird on the land and only allows kind roosters to breed for future generations. The result is a rooster that protects the flock but is safe around children. Franchesca is committed to educating anyone who is interested in learning about raising backyard chickens and is available for speaking engagements. Her enthusiasm and joy for what she does inspires others towards greater self reliance and sustainability.

Participants in this course will receive 15% off this year’s hatching egg or chick orders through Alchemist Farm, and 15% off retail purchases at SHED the day of the event.



Apr 1, 2017
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

View map


Excluding tax & shipping