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Beginner Chicken Keeping

Ready to raise your own flock of backyard chickens? Come learn everything you need to know for a healthy brood from Franchesca Duval, head chicken wrangler at Alchemist Farm. This two hour class is designed for those who want to know the basics of backyard chicken keeping, from which breeds to select for your flock goals to how to build a predator proof coop. Attendees will learn about brooding of chicks, feed for all stages of a chickens life, proper coop maintenance, integration of existing flocks, collection and storage of eating eggs, how to set yourself up for success in relating to your new yard companions and how to look for signs of illness. Two of Alchemist Farms favorite chicken breeds will be on display and there will be time for class questions. If you want to stay for more, the Advanced Chicken Keeping class will take place in the afternoon.

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
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


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

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