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Caring For Chickens and Other Poultry

Course CodeSGA3
Fee CodeSG
Duration (approx)20 hours
QualificationCertificate of Completion

The Caring for Chickens and Other Poultry Study Guide is a complete learning guide for people who either keep or are planning to keep poultry.  The course provides a wealth of information from academic experts who have years of industry experience.  This short course covers 6 lessons that explore the history and origins of chickens and other poultry, the overall nature of caring for chickens, recognising breeds, the fundamentals of feeding and nutrition, health care, general management of a flock and the industry services and opportunities.


LESSON 1 SCOPE AND NATURE OF DOMESTICATED POULTRY

  • A brief history.
  • Keeping poultry – profit or pleasure.
  • Chickens.
  • Turkeys.
  • Ducks.
  • Don’t buy sick birds.
  • How to help hatchings chicks.
  • How to revive ‘dead’ hatchlings.
  • Poultry products and uses.
  • Value adding to poultry products.
  • Concerns for human health.
  • Lesson 1 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 2 BREEDS

  • Basic nomenclature.
  • Categories of breeds.
  • Breeds.
  • Chicken (fowl) classification.
  • Lesson 2 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 3  FOOD AND WATER 

  • Feeding for stages – starter, growth, maintenance.
  • Nutrition during reproduction.
  • Digestive system.
  • Nutrients from feed.
  • Water requirements.
  • Favourite treats.
  • Feeding fowls.
  • Feeding turkeys.
  • Feeding ducks.
  • Feeding geese.
  • Lesson 3 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 4 HEALTH

  • A definition of health.
  • First aid kit for poultry.
  • Administering medication by syringe.
  • Common poisonous household products.
  • General basic care.
  • Common diseases affecting poultry.
  • Parasites.
  • Lesson 4 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 5 MANAGEMENT

  • Housing and shelter.
  • Managing waste.
  • Environmental issues.
  • Regulations for keeping poultry.
  • Management procedures for breeding.
  • Meat production procedures.
  • Lesson 5a additional reading.
  • Lesson 5b additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


LESSON 6 THE POULTRY INDUSTRY

  • Working in the poultry industry.
  • Farm management – egg, meat or breeder.
  • Lesson 6 additional reading.
  • Review what you have been learning.


FINAL ASSESSMENT