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(540) 460-6459 OR eMail: [email protected]

For detailed course information click link below:
Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (10 classes)
Incubating Eggs and Raising Baby Chicks (6 classes)
Extreme Cold Weather Chicken Care & Coop Winterization (4 classes)
Extreme Hot Weather Chicken Care & Coop Summerization (4 classes)
Therapy Chickens: The Training of Handlers and Their Birds (6 classes)
Home Poultry Processing Using Tools You Already Have or Can Make (FREE)

 

Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification Course

Begins Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Videos with copies of over 650 Power Point slides released each week to watch and learn at your convenience,
Live Q&A Discussion/Coaching sessions every week.

Approved for Home School, Class Room and Poultry Clubs

This is the flagship course that lays the foundation for not only keeping and employing chickens, but understanding how, and why chickens are the enablers of local food supply and keystones to emergency preparedness.

"We guarantee that after completing the Backyard Chicken Keeper Course
you will understand how to raise, keep and employ chickens
to help feed yourself and your family for the rest of your life!"

Class topics are:cc buy now cover
1. Your chicken Have More Plan
2. Flock Management from the Chickens' Point-of-view
3. Brooding and Educating Baby Chicks
4. Chicken Whispering: Discover the Chicken You Never Knew

5. Eggs-traordinary Eggs: The Science, Tips, Secrets & Politics of Eggs
6. Primary Poultry Health Care & The Poultry's Pharmacy
7. Garden Chicks: Introduction to Growing Food With and for Family Flocks
8. Biomass Recycling, Composting, Top Soil Creation with Chicken Helpers
9. Way of the Hen: Incubating and Brooding Naturally

10. Final Course Review, Q&A

After completing all the classes (either live or replay), and passing an exam, participants are awarded the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification (with a certificate suitable for framing). Advanced courses and projects lead to the coveted Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification.

Text books: City Chicks:Employing Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-recyclers and Local Food Suppliers, by Patricia Foreman.
Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Health Soils, by Andy Lee and Pat Foreman

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Therapy Chickens: The Training of Handlers and Their Birds
to do Public Visitations.
6 Classes Plus Four Visitations to Public Venue
Next course will be offered in Spring 2019

A therapy chicken is specially selected and handled, and its owner specifically trained 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 pets) to take them safely and sanitarily to visitation places. Individual coaching, live Q&A sessions.

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
• Chicken chat & valid information with the people you visit
• Know the 7 myths of urban chickens with appropriate responses.

Topics include:
• Therapy bird selection & heritage breed tendencies.
• Bird handling & training fundamentals including baby chicks
• Public visitation healthy & safety
• Speaking & teaching on local foods and the role of heritage chickens
• Safe & comfortable transportation of birds

Graduates awarded the Completion of the Therapy Chicken Course Certificate.
Course facilitator Patricia Foreman

6 Classes from 60 to 90 minutes long.

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

  • Completion of the Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification Course is a prerequisite to taking this course. This gives you the base for expertly answering questions about keeping and employing heritage chickens and the services they can provide.

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Winter Chicken Care & Coop Winterization
LOGO WINTERIZETraining & Coaching — 4 Classes, Some 90 minutes

Protect your flock from frigid winter storms. 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. Take this course for the sake of your birds!

"This course made me confident that I'm doing the right things to keep my flock healthy through the winter. It's such a peace of mind. I'd so glad I took it!" Carolyn Watterworth—Ohio

Topics:
• Breed with cold tolerant characteristics
• Winter egg production strategies
• Coop & shelter cold weather modifications
• Winter feeds, feeding & water supply
• Homegrown chicken feed: harvest crops 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. Everyone receives 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 birds later. Course facilitator Patricia Foreman.

“Now I’m confident I’m doing the right things to help my chickens stay healthy through the winter. What a worry-reliever and blessing.” — J. Miller, Ohio

"It was a great class and I have already recommended it to my friends!! Thank you it was very informative and super fun! "— Enza McCauley, Virginia

“The new set of skills this course gave me are invaluable to my flock and helping others in my community with their flocks. Thank you Gossamer Foundation!” — Jud Kirkness, Alaska

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

Tuition only $99 per individual, $150 per family.

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Hot Weather Chicken Care, Coop Modification & Severe Weather Actions, Course with Coaching. Course offered once every year starting in May or June.

6 Classes, some 90 minutes. Listen to recordings at your convience. LIVE weekly Q&A discussions.

Hot weather care of flocks is differences from other seasons. Learn simple, time saving ways to make daily tasks easier and keep flocks healthy through the severest of heat. Individual consultations and plan review. Receive copies of all PowerPoint slides and Q&A recordings.

Topics:
• Breed–hot climate tolerant characteristics
• Summer egg production
• Coop & shelter hot weather modifications.
• Summer feeds, feeding & water supply.
• Pro-active hot weather management for optimal flock health and production.
• Hot weather health care and treatments.
• Severe weather and emergency evacuation planning.

Getting ready now for the increasingly hot temperatures can help prevent a lot of trouble and harm to your bird later. Chickeneers prepare action plans for their summer flock care and coop modification. Individual coaching on what works and what doesn't. Course facilitator Pat Foreman.

Tuition $99 for individual
$135 for family tuition. register_small

Qualified as an advance course for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma

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The Art, Practice and Science of Incubation, Brooding and Educating Baby Chicks
Six classes—Next Course Scheduled Spring 2020
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This is the first EVER ON-LINE, LIVE course with coaching that covers
incubation, brooding and educating baby chicks.
Includes artificial incubation and employing mama hens.

Chickeneers participate in the course hatatch-a-thon with chicks pipping out just in time for Easter.
Learn incubating and brooding skills that will serve you a lifetime
and give you the ability to maintain a self-perpetuating flock for yourself and your community.
Facilitated by Patricia Foreman & qualified mother hens.
This is an advanced course for the Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification and Diploma.

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Home Poultry Processing Using Tools You Already Have or Can Make FREE ONLINE COURSE!
Home processing has been a continuous bottle neck to the chicken movement.
To expand the skills Gossamer Foundation is offering this workshop FREE!

Learn how to humanely, safely and sanitarily process birds. Get healthy, high-quality meat and bone broth from your backyard flock. You are shown every step of the entire process including • The significance of taking life • The science & chemistry behind skilled meat processing • Processing equipment you have—or could borrow • Hand plucking done fast • Evisceration & anatomy lesson • Nutritional differences of meat from heritage vs. commercial breeds • Freezer packaging for long-term storage. Processing chickens for family food is a lost art of our culture. It’s time to bring back this old tradition and combined it with new, humane techniques based on meat science. 90 minute workshop.
Facilitated by Pat Foreman

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All above courses qualify as advanced courses leading to the
Master Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification
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More courses are in development including:
Primary Poultry Health Care and the Poultry's Pharmacy
Way of the Hen: Incubating Eggs and Raising Chicks Naturally
Garden Chicks: Growing Food With and For Your Flock; Not All Feed Has to Come From Bags

Courses offered in 2020 include:
Click on each course for detailed information

• Backyard Chicken Keeper Certification—10 classes

• Art & Practice of Incubation & Raising and Educating Baby Chicks—6 classes

• Therapy Chicken Training & Coaching—6 classes

• Home Poultry Processing Using Tools You Already Have or Can Make—free on-line class

• Hot Weather Chicken Care & Coop Modification—4 classes

• Winter Chicken Care & Coop Winterization Training & Coaching

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LIVE ONLINE COURSES AND COACHING
• 24/7 international access to on-line class videos from wherever you are with a computer, smart phone or device.
• Advanced GoToTraining format.
• Receive copies of over 650 Power Point slides for clear understanding of concepts, designs and systems.
• Real time video streaming during weekly question & answer discussion sessions.
• Chat room remains open after Q&A discussions for extended Chickeneer interactions.
• Classes run from 60 to 90 minutes depending on the topic.
• Continue with other Chickeneers on a private (closed) Chickens and YOU FaceBook group.
• We strive to keep tuition affordable; targeted at about $20 per contact hour.
• Facilitated by popular author & speaker Patricia Foreman and other expert guest Chickeneers
For scheduling & registration (765) 966-4456 or eMail: [email protected]