In-Person Chicken Workshop

 
 

Learn to Raise Chickens Right in Your Backyard!

Taught by Papa John, the workshop includes everything families need to know to raise chicks and maintain laying hens in their Back Yard.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

  • Brooding chicks
  • Maintaining healthy, productive hens
  • Visiting the hens and coop for an explanation of the principles employed in the Sustainable Coop. My design is unique in that there is no poop odor and no coop cleaning. My concept is 100% natural, and mimics the living environment of fowl in the wild. 900 folks have attended my workshop since 2010.

Following the workshop, attendees are provided with a detailed summary of the course content.  A 'power point' that introduces step by step coop construction is available on the website. Two additional documents are needed for coop construction: Construction Explanation, and Construction Plans.
 

TIMING - Workshops are scheduled annually in February and March, allowing for coop construction in March or April and the welcoming of healthy Spring chicks. The workshop is 2 hours, usually on a Sunday afternoon.


LOCATION - In-Person workshops are convenient only for folks living in Northern California. Attend our class in Lafayette, or Papa John can present the Chicken Workshop for groups in other Northern California locations, e.g. schools, libraries, farms. If this is of interest, contact Papa John for arrangements.
 

COST - There is no charge for those attending the workshop, however, registration is required.


REGISTRATION - Registration will be available through this site when dates for 2018 workshops have been scheduled. For an easy reminder, fill out our contact form, and we will send you an email when our next workshop dates are added to the calendar.

 

Not in Northern California to attend in person?
Don't want to wait until a workshop to start planning?

Chicken Workshops and corresponding construction documents are available for download.

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900 folks have attended my workshop since 2010!

 

Upcoming Workshops

Workshops are scheduled annually in February and March, allowing for coop construction in March/April; then ready to enjoy healthy Spring chicks. The workshop is 2 hours and held in Lafayette, California.
 

If you are interested in attending a future workshop, Please leave your email and we will reach out when class dates are scheduled for next season.

 
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We raise our chickens in our "sustainable coop."

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What is The difference? 

My design is unique in that there is no poop odor and no coop cleaning. My concept is 100% natural, and mimics the living environment of fowl in the wild.

 
 

Affirmations

 
Thank you Papa John for an enlightening, fun, very informative afternoon. I cannot believe your generosity! People like you are the ones that are holding the planet together.
— Heidi Schindler
Dearest Mr. Kiefer, Thank you again for generously opening your lovely home & beautiful garden to all of us who want to be chicken keepers. The information you provided will give us all the opportunity to be more responsible and successful in reaching that goal. I appreciate your time, and value the guidance of your expertise.
— Lori Farr