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Caring for Chickens and other Poultry - Short Course

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Become an expert at raising and caring for chickens and poultry

The Caring for Chickens and Other Poultry Study Guide is a complete learning guide for people who already own or are considering buying their first flock! This short course is ideal at encouraging you to become familiar with the scope of the industry in your area and at testing your knowledge so you can feel confident handling the practical issues of poultry care.  Perhaps you work in a poultry or pet care business and would like to formalise what you learn – you will receive a digital Certificate of Completion at the end. 

This short course covers 6 lessons that explores 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.   It is designed to take around 20 hours to complete from start to finish!

Like all of our animal and agricultural courses, this course is founded on research from history, agriculture, science and business.  A wealth of information comes from academic writers who have years of knowledge and experience working with animals including poultry.

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing.  Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at a time that suits you. If you achieve an overall pass, you will be able to obtain a "certificate of completion" with your name and completion date on it.



A brief history
Keeping poultry – profit or pleasure 
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


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

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

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

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

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


How does this course work?

You can enrol at any time.
Once you have paid for the course, you will be able to start straight away.
Study when and where you like. Work through at your own pace.

You can download your study-guide to your smart phone, tablet or laptop to read offline.

There are automated self-assessment tests you can complete at the end of each lesson. You can attempt these as many times as you wish and each time, upon completion, you can see your results. You will need internet access to complete the self assessment tests.

At the end of the course, you are presented with a large assessment which can be attempted online, anywhere, anytime. If you achieve a 60% pass in the exam; you immediately receive a downloadable certificate of completion with your name on it. If you do not achieve a 60% pass rate, you can contact us to re-sit your exam. ( email- admin@acs.edu.au )

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Caring for Chickens and other Poultry - Short Course Caring for Chickens and other Poultry - Short Course
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