My son, Brayden has been moving and building chicken pens since he was around 10 years of age.  I myself was the first person in Kentucky to get a slap on the wrist from the Kentucky Health Department for selling pastured chicken.  In the late 1990’s I presented at the Third Thursday Thing Conference after one year of solid mistakes raising Pastured Poultry.  I did it because there was no one else to do it!  I was such a bad presenter on the topic that getting heckled at the conference by a well-known author and poet was the best thing that could have happened to me.  That heckling stayed with me for many, many years and always made me rethink everything that was told to me regarding farming. Was this the best pen to use for pastured poultry? Is this all necessary in the feed to keep the birds healthy and happy? Am I sure that broilers don’t like to roost at night?

Since that time we have worked our way through every possible configuration of chicken pens, feeding regiments, brooder configurations and breed options.  Your money will be much better spent learning from my mistakes than making those mistakes yourself.

In this workshop, you will learn how to set up a brooder that will work with what you have.  You’ll learn my secrets for keeping those cute little baby chicks healthy and happy as I share what I learned from a farm accounting ledger I found from the early 1900’s.  We will work directly with the birds and you’ll see our hardware store setup to make sure all the birds can eat at the same with no stress.  We will build a pen move our pens through the field with different types of implements and skids.  We will also talk about pasture management, butchering and cutting instructions.

1 Day Classes includes lunch and dinner (no overnight stay)

1 Day Farm Stay Workshop includes lunch, dinner, overnight accommodations at the farm with evening question and answer time, and a morning milking and a farmhouse breakfast

2 Day Farm Stay Workshop includes everything from 1 Day Farm Stay Workshop, times two