Getting Started with Chickens: from hatch to laying
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Getting Started with Chickens: from hatch to laying

Learn how to choose your first chickens and raise them up to laying age.
4.5 (3 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
18 students enrolled
Created by Kristin Duke
Last updated 9/2016
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Choose your first chickens and raise them to laying age.
  • Decide what type of chickens you want to start with (hatching eggs to started pullets).
  • Understand what supplies and basic care the chicks will need from hatch to laying age.
  • Identify and Define common terminology used in raising chickens
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  • Students need to only bring their desire to learn about chickens and their questions.

Raising Chickens can be a fun and rewarding experience.  Not only can chickens be fun as pets, they can also give back or contribute to your household (or homestead) by way of eggs or meat.

Learn How to Successfully Raise Chickens:

  • Become familiar with common chicken terminology.
  • Make a smart decision on where to purchase your first chickens or hatching eggs from.
  • Decide what breed or breeds are best suited to your purpose.
  • Master incubating eggs with simple step-by-step instructions.
  • Learn how to brood your chicks.
  • Prepare their outside housing and supplies.
  • Successfully move your chicks from their brooder to the outside.

Getting started with chickens can seem overwhelming.  There is so much information, spread out in so many places.  It can be time-consuming and confusing trying to find what the right ways to get started are.  This course has compiled all of the essential information you will need to make the RIGHT decisions as you first get started with your new chickens.  

The course is broken down into 8 sections with a total of 15 video and PPT lectures to make getting started raising chickens as easy as 1-2-3.  

If you are interested in learning about how to raise chickens, this course will help you master the information needed to do so, quickly and easily.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for students looking to get started raising chickens.
  • This course is not for students who already have a deep knowledge of raising chickens.
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Curriculum For This Course
17 Lectures
Introduction to Getting Started with Chickens
1 Lecture 02:10
Chicken Terminology
1 Lecture 08:08
Chicken Terms: Gender, Anatomy, Supplies & Health
Where to Start: Hatching eggs, chicks or started pullets?
2 Lectures 08:57

You will be able to:

  1. Decide what age of chickens to start with.
  2. Where to get your chickens from.

Sources and Ages of Chickens to start with

How to Choose the Right Breed
How to Incubate Eggs
3 Lectures 19:04

Understand how to collect hatching eggs and what conditions they must be stored in leading up to incubation time.

How to Store Hatching Eggs

After completing this lecture, you will be able to set your hatching eggs in an incubator.  You will know how to incubate eggs including how long it will take as well as the proper humidity and temperature for incubation.

How to Set Hatching Eggs & Incubate Chicks

You will understand:

  1. What egg candling is.
  2. How to candle eggs.
  3. What types of eggs you may find with candling.
Preview 03:42
How to Brood Chicks
2 Lectures 09:03

Brooder supplies, setup and upkeep
Common Chick Issues & How to Treat
4 Lectures 12:24
What is Pasty Butt and how to treat it.

What is Shrink Wrapping and how to treat it.

What is Splay or Spraddle Leg and how to treat it.

How to Vaccinate Chicks
Move Chicks Outside
3 Lectures 13:21

You will be able to identify how much space you will need, identify different types of coops,  design a useful nesting box and  predator proof your coop and run.

Chicken Housing: Coops, Runs & Nesting boxes

How to Predator Proof Your Coop & Run

You will learn the daily supplies that your chickens will need as well as what type of food to feed them and what they will need for daily care.

Moving Outside: Chickens Daily Supplies & Care
Conclusion: Now you're ready to get started raising chickens!
1 Lecture 00:41
Conclusion & Thank you
About the Instructor
Kristin Duke
4.0 Average rating
5 Reviews
31 Students
2 Courses
Homesteader/Farmer at MrAnimal Farm

I am a co-owner, alongside my husband Justin, of MrAnimal Farm, LLC.  

MrAnimal Farm is a mini-farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  We raise Nigerian Dwarf goats and several breeds of chickens (including Silkies, Orpingtons and Marans).  We are avid gardeners and homesteaders.  

Our goal is to provide quality animals to customers as well as to help educate and inform those wanting to take part in homesteading endeavors.  In our "city life"  (before we move to the farm) we both held roles that involved teaching and training others.  We are now melding that teaching expertise with our homesteading knowledge to help simplify things for others just getting started.  To this end, we published an eBook line on Kindle "Homesteading Made Easy as 1-2-3" in 2015 to which we add new books regularly.