• Chicken Have-More Plan

• Occupy Backyards Declaration

• Chicken Skill Sets

• Egg Sheds

• 7 Myths of Urban Chickens

• Strategies to Legalize Chickens

• Model City Chicks Law/Code/Ordinance and Useful Flyers

• Chickens as Bio-recyclers & Zero Waste Partners Saving BIG TIME Tax Payer Dollars

Chickens in Community Gardens & Congregational Flocks

• USDA "Expects You to Keep Chickens" Posters


There is so much new information about chickens, that the learning curve for the majority of our population starts with never having seen—or touched a live chick—to keeping and employing a family flock.

The old ways of chicken keeping are not the best ways. And the commercial ways of chicken husbandry are totally different from keeping family flocks.

Because there is so much difference between commercial and family flock management, information taught in the Chickens and YOU training series is not available at agricultural colleges. Our unique courses are hands-on, practical and simple so that folks have easily and affordable access and learn first-hand the humane, sanitary, safe, productive and cutting-edge ways and advantages of micro-flocks. This training gives you the knowledge and skills to not only keep poultry, but employ them in your homestead or family farm to participate in local agriculture.

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We guarantee that after taking the 10 classes in the Primary Series, or the 2-day weekend intensive, you will have the knowledge and skills to raise, keep and employ chickens to help feed yourself and your family for the rest of your life!

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 (also with a diploma suitable for framing)..

Courses are available live on-site and will be on-line soon. Courses can be presented long-distance, and internationally. There are four levels of courses: Introductory, Intermediate, Graduate and Custom-designed Programs. Live and online courses are listed on the the calendar of workshops:

In addition to inernet courses, we offer an intensive, 2-day workshop series that includes9 workshops, and awards participants the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certificate. Contact us to arrange a 2-day intensive in your area. Minimum of 40 students. Scholarships are available pending space.cc buy now cover

Text book for the primary series is City Chicks: Keeping Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Biorecyclers and Local Food Suppliers, by Patricia Foreman.

Basic Workshops
101. The Chicken Have-More Plan102. Laying Hens for Egg Production
103. Starting from Scratch with Baby Chicks
104. Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The Chemistry and Science of Cooking with Eggs
105. Garden Chicks (Part 1)

Intermediate Workshops
201. Primary Poultry Health Care
202. The Poultry's Pharmacy
203. Residential Composting & Biomass Recycling with Chicken Helpers
204. Way of the Hen: Incubating Eggs and Brooding Chicks Naturally
205. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never Knew
Upon completing these 10 courses and passing the final exam you have earned the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification

Course Descriptions: Introductory Workshops

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 Ann & Oprahthose 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.

brooding chicks103. Starting from Scratch with Baby Chicks
Nothing is cuter baby chick in handthan 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. Textbook: City Chicks.

104. Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The Chemistry and Science 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 souffles, 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.

105. Garden Chicks: Introduction to Growing Food With Family Flocks
This cutting-edge, ever-expanding, interactive workshop gives you practical, and effective ways to employ chickens Hen on hogware fencein 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.

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. Textbook: City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers.

Intermediate Workshops

201. Primary Poultry Health Care
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 ChicksEarth Machine & Chickens

202. Residential Composting & Biomass Recycling with Chicken Helpers
The chickens in your family flComposter chickock 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. Text book: City Chicks.

203. Way of the Hen: Incubating and Brooding NaturallyHen & chicks in carrier
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. Textbook: City Chicks.

chicken whisper204. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never Knew
There are ways to handle and communicate with chickens that can result in trust, gentleness andChicken on back 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 andpersonal with your biddy buddy. Learn the basics of chicken whispering in this cutting-edge, hands-on, nose-to-beak workshop. Textbook: City Chicks.

205. Garden Chicks (Part 2): Birdscaping and Growing Food for Chickens
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. Textbooks: City Chicks: Keeping Micro-flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers and Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Health Soil (Homestead (3rd) Edition.

To arrange for courses in your area, scheduling & Registration (540) 261-8775, eMail Training@ChickensAndYou.com Questions about workshop content, consulting or custom programs contact:
Patricia Foreman phone & fax: (540) 261-8775. Pat@ChickensAndYou.com
General questions or information eMail: info@ChickensAndYou.com