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Prof with pointer 2014-2015 Schedule

Primary Series
2015 Schedule to be announced
10 Classes

Winter Chicken & Coop Care
Begins Thursday, December 4, 2014
4 Classes

Therapy Chicken Training & Coaching
Begins Wednesday, November 19th, 2014
6 Classes

The Art and Practice of Incubation, Brooding & Educating Chicks
Begins Tuesday, Feb 25th, 2015
8 Classes

MORE NEW COURSES COMING IN 2015

Class Descriptions below

LIVE ONLINE COURSES Facilitated live by popular author & speaker Patricia Foreman
• Convenient access of online training from wherever you are with a computer or phone.
• Recieve 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 after class for student interactions.
• Small classes for maximum participation.
• Available international through your computer & VoIP, or phone access.
• Continue connecting with other Chickeneers on a private Chickens and YOU FaceBook group.

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• Chicken Have-More Plan

• Occupy Backyards Declaration

• Chicken Skill Sets

• Egg Sheds

• 7 Myths of Urban Chickens

• Legalize Chickens Strategies

• 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

 

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Therapy Chicken Training & Coaching
Wednesdays 7:30pm EST. 6 Classes
Begins Nov 19th, 2014

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.

Topics include:
• 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. 6 Classes. Tuition $150
Qualified as one of the advance courses for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma.

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The Art & Practice of Incubation, Brooding & Educating Chicks (10 classes)
Start Feb 25—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 ways are not necessarily the best, nor the easiest ways for both the hen and the eggs.

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.9
• 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. 10 classes. Tuition $195

Qualified as one of the advance courses for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma.

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Primary Series–10 Classes
2015 Schedule to be Announced

"We guarantee that after completing the Primary Series, you will understand how 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.cc buy now cover

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

Primary Series Class Descriptions:

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. Brooding and Educating 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. City Chicks Chapter .

104. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never KnewChicken on backchicken whisper
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 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.

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 HelpersEarth Machine & Chickens
Composter chickThe 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 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.

110. Course Review, Q&A, Preparation for Final Exam for the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (with a diploma suitable for framing).

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Winter Chicken & Coop Care Thursdays 7:30 EST,
3 Classes begins December 4, 2014

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.

Topics:
• Breed–cold tolerant characteristics.
• Winter egg production
• Coop & shelter cold weather modifications
• Winter feeds, feeding & water supply
• Homegrown chicken feed: crops you can harvest 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 and receive 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 bird later. Tuition $65

Qualified as one of the advance courses for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma
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