This ground-breaking, first-ever course on therapy chicken visitations teaches you how to safely, sanitarily and expertly take chickens to public events.
A therapy chicken handler, and their bird is specially trained to provide visitation, comfort, education and entertainment to people in retirement homes, schools, rehabilitation facilities and other suitable venues. Learn how to work with your birds which are often pets. Class size limited. Graduates awarded a certficate of completion of the Therapy Chicken Handler Course. Prerequsite is successful completion of the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course. This prepares therapy chicken handles to provide solid information and answers to questions that will arise during visitations.
Completion of the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification course is a prerequsite. However, the next BYCK Certification course begins July 26th.
Committment and resigration to take the BYCK Certification course in july will waive the prerequsite this Therapy Chicken course. Questions call Pat at (540) 460-6459.
• Individual bird selection (not all chickens are suited to be therapy birds)
• Handling & training fundamentals
• Special techniques for working with young children
• Bird and visitation safety and sanitation
• Poultry defenders with the 7 Myths of Urban Chickens
• Transportation of birds
• Three real life visitations with class support & review for lessons learned
As the therapy chicken handler, you should be able to:
• Read your bird’s particular stress signals and body language
• 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,
• Inform folks accurately about chicken keeping and employing
• Answer the 7 myths of urban chickens with appropriate responses.
This is an advanced, experimental course with six intensive classes some 90 minutes. Chickens admitted free. Graduates awarded a certificate for the completion of the Therapy Chicken Handler Course. Class size limited.