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Growing vegies with chooks in the city

Dreaming of collecting freshly laid eggs every morning but not sure where to start?

This workshop will set you up with all you need to know to feel confident to keep healthy and happy back yard chooks.

During this workshop, you will learn how to handle a chicken and to conduct a basic health check. You will see and learn about the different approaches to keeping backyard chickens, considering the design that works best for you and your yard. You will review some commercially made feeding and watering options and learn effective ways for making your own.

This workshop will take place at the home of Leisa and James, where they use chickens to work and fertilize their urban homestead.

Workshop activities:

Backyard Chicken Keeping

Hands-on workshop will equip you with the basics of:

  • Anatomy and life cycle of a chook
  • Monitoring and assess health issues
  • Understanding egg production
  • Feed and water
  • Identify the right housing for your situation
  • Predator protection
  • Starting with chicks or older birds?
  • Different breeds of chickens
  • Roosters


You’ll go away from this workshop confident in your ability to keep chickens safe and healthy.

What you’ll need to bring:

  • Comfortable clothing and closed shoes
  • Sun hat, Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • A map of your block, with house orientation will be useful for reflections through the day.


The course will be fully catered with a wholesome lunch and morning snacks as well as tea and coffee.


Course price includes notes booklet.

Your instructor:

Leisa Porter is and ecologist and an urban homesteader living on a 700m2 block in Weston Creek, Canberra. Leisa spent her childhood and early adult life in the commercial poultry industry. Since then, she has been keeping a home flock through permaculture principles for close to 20 years. Leisa set up a Mandala system when she lived in Queensland and has experimented with a variety of urban rotation designs in Canberra.

Who's Attending

7 people are attending Introduction to backyard chicken keeping

  • lee Humphries
  • Candace Driscoll
  • Yvette Blackman
  • Gabrielle Mclaren
  • Elizabeth Kelfield