Backyard Chooks

Brought to you by The Diggers Club

Your Masterclass

Once the domain of farm life, it's now hugely popular for families to keep a few chickens in their backyards. They are great companions for children as well as expert composters, converting food scraps to eggs and manure for the garden. Whilst they are fairly easy to care for, there are a few basic healthcare needs that you should consider if you plan to keep your own backyard chooks. This workshop covers all the basics of keeping chickens from housing, breeds, health, and nutrition.

You will learn:

  • A good understanding of the basic physiology of the chook, how her body works, and how this applies to care
  • How essential proper nutrition is to chooks and the basic components of a healthy diet
  • Cover the most commonly asked questions, eg. purchasing stock, housing, a short section on breeding, plus more

You will leave this workshop with the knowledge and confidence to keep your own flock to produce free-range eggs. Essential learning material supplied.

Morning tea will be included.

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Your Presenter

Linda Marold is a well known poultry expert in the Central Vic area. She has been keeping chooks since 1974 and together with her husband had the first free range egg farm in the Castlemaine area. They are now retired but continue to breed their own line of chooks.

Linda has written many articles about chook care, mainly published in Grass Roots magazine. She has also written and self published two small books, one on general care and one more specific about natural breeding. She has also presented many workshops and lectures about all aspects of chook management.

Linda also holds a Certificate in Poultry Husbandry from The Institute of Land and Food Resources, Longerenong College Campus of Melbourne University.

The Location

Featuring over 4 acres of food, cottage and bush gardens each season provides different delights and inspiration to both experienced and aspiring gardeners. The gardens are filled with plants which thrive in central Victoria’s cold winters and hot dry summers. A huge range of daffodils, hellebores and other flowering bulbs bring the garden to life in spring.

Visitors can admire the colour and beauty of our perennial flower borders throughout summer and autumn with hardy, long flowering perennials creating an amazing cottage garden display amongst our Australian bush setting.

The Garden has been certified organic since 2008 and Digger’s range of perennials, bulbs and heirloom vegetables are grown at St Erth using the best organic methods. Seasonal produce from our kitchen gardens is served at St Erth café throughout the year.

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Backyard Chooks

28 April 2024

The Garden of St Erth (Blackwood)

Sunday 10am - 1pm

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