Backyard Chickens: Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens

Backyard Chickens: Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens

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Backyard Chickens: Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens – Sydney Course

This course is for those people who are new to keeping backyard chickens in the suburbs or thinking about starting a coop in their backyard. This course will provide a comprehensive overview to ensure the keeping of backyard chickens is easy, fun and stress-free.

We will look at council regulations in your area, the difference between free range and caged chickens, options for housing, what to feed them and looking after the health of your chickens.

We’ll discuss various chicken breeds and their features, as well as many tips and tricks for making it easy, fun and stress free to keep chickens!

By the end of the course, you’ll have a clear idea of the next steps for furthering your experience in keeping backyard chickens.

For anyone with more extensive knowledge and experience or those wishing to further expand on the basics of keeping backyard chickens, you can attedn our second course in this series, “Backyard Chickens: How to Make the Most of Your Coop”.

Macquarie Community College operates from a range of venues across North and Western Sydney. We have campuses in Carlingford, Chatswood, Mt Druitt, Richmond and many more. Enrol today or enquire now!

Course Outline

In this course you will learn:

  • Why should you have backyard chickens,
  • Council regulations in your area,
  • ‘Free range vs caged chickens’ debate,
  • Options for housing chickens,
  • How to look after the health of your chickens,
  • The different breeds of chickens and their features,
  • Tips and tricks for making it easy, fun and stress free to keep chickens,
  • Where to from here?

There will also be plenty of time for asking questions.

Course Outcome

By the end of this course, you will have specific ideas and practical steps to further your own experiences in keeping chickens, whether it be starting to get your own chickens , or improving your current set up.

What to bring

Please bring a:

  • Pen and pad
  • Any questions you may have
  • Photos of your backyard (optional)
  • Photos of current backyard chicken set up (if applicable)


This level is for the complete beginner and assumes no prior knowledge backyard chickens.

Delivery Mode

The class is delivered in a classroom and includes direct teaching and class discusssions.