Chicken keeping courses & workshops

Cotswold Chickens has been running Beginners and Advanced Chicken Keeping Courses for 17 years.  Our course leaders who own the business are very experienced and with their knowledge and encouragement you will leave our Beginners courses confident and ready for your new venture.

Our Advanced courses should build on the Beginners course and hopefully will help you avoid expensive vet visits for those minor ailments. Our team are always on hand or at the end of the telephone should you need any further assistance.

Once you purchase hens from us you become "one of the family" and can take advantage of our "Lifetime of advice".
Our courses are aimed at the complete beginner and also the more advanced keeper. They are informative and we provide plenty of chicken handling, practicals and products to investigate.

We aim to have a very relaxed atmosphere, and will encourage your involvement throughout the course; after all keeping hens should be enjoyable, not a chore.

The courses usually run for about two and a half hours with a break for coffee, tea and cakes halfway, they are held indoors so no need for wellies, there are pens and a full set of course notes within your pack.

"Cotswold Chickens has the best goody bag of any of the chicken courses!"

Getting Started with Chickens. Click through for 2023 dates

Getting Started with Chickens. Click through for 2023 dates

Chicken Keeping Courses for Beginners Ideal for a complete novice who is embarking on their chicken keeping career, this excellent course provides you with all the information that you will need to purchase both chickens and housing with confidence, day to day maintenance, feeding, health checks and how to handle your chickens.

Next date date 25th February


"Avoid the Vet" New Dates for 2023

"Avoid the Vet" New Dates for 2023

If you already keep chickens, this course is ideal; an experienced poultry keeper will teach you more about chicken physiology, common ailments - what you can treat at home and most importantly when to go to a vet. This session is designed to give you confidence in handling your flock, and the extensive notes can be then taken home to refer to at a later date

Please click through for dates and booking details. First date, 4th February.


Get started with Beekeeping Please call to register interest

Get started with Beekeeping Please call to register interest

This course is for people interested in keeping bees for the first time or for those who are just interested to find out more about what goes on inside those curious little boxes! 

No specialist knowledge or equipment required.

  • Special offers on all purchases of kit.