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Embark on the fulfilling journey of raising free range meat chickens for home consumption with our Beginners Meat Chicken Workshop at East Sussex Smallholding. Under expert guidance, this workshop is tailored for beginners, providing a basic yet useful, understanding of rearing chickens selectively bred for meat, from day-old chicks to an age for harvesting. The course covers the humane dispatch, plucking, and hanging of your birds, and preparing them for cooking.

Why This Workshop?

  • Food Security & Independence: Raising your own meat chickens empowers you with food security and independence, offering a solid start for those venturing into livestock production on a smallholding.
  • Practical Insights: Gain hands-on experience in selecting birds for slaughter, setting up a killing zone, and learning about the equipment required for humane dispatch.

What's Covered?

  • Introduction to Meat Birds: Understand the different types of meat birds, sourcing day-old chicks, pricing, and suitable housing to maximize meat production for smallholders.
  • Feeders and Waterers: Learn the best practices in feeding and watering to minimize waste, along with DIY techniques for creating your own feeders and waterers.
  • Hands-On Dispatch: After a practical demonstration, participate in the humane dispatch of birds using three different methods, understanding the pros and cons of each.
  • Plucking and Hanging: Acquire skills in both machine and hand plucking before moving on to the hanging process.
  • Final Preparation: A demonstration on how to eviscerate a chicken and prepare it for the oven, ready for a hearty home-cooked meal.
  • Takeaway Options: Opportunity to take home or purchase processed oven-ready birds at the end of the workshop, extending your learning experience to your own kitchen.

Experience Authentic Smallholding Life:

The workshop is situated in a working smallholding and a family kitchen environment, offering a genuine glimpse into sustainable living and self-sufficiency in the lively setting of East Sussex Smallholders.

Parking & Logistics:

Ample parking space is available on-site, with 'sardine-style' parking encouraged to accommodate all attendees. As a heads-up, sharp knives will be used and livestock will be slaughtered during this workshop. Please inform the host of any allergies as cats and dogs are present on the premises.

This workshop is a part of our Food Security & Food Independence series, aimed at nurturing self-sufficiency and providing real-life costings for those looking to augment income while living off the land.


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Delivery & Collections

All livestock, including chickens, turkeys, quails, and rabbits have to be collected in person. We do not offer delivery on ANY livestock. 

We DO offer delivery on all of our hatching eggs, these are sent by Royal Mail. 

Rearing & Dispatching Your Own Meat Chickens


Dive into the enriching world of raising free range meat chickens with our Beginners Meat Chicken Workshop at East Sussex Smallholding. From understanding the different types of meat birds to hands-on experience in humane dispatch, plucking, and preparing for the oven, this workshop empowers you with practical skills for home meat production