The Joy of Backyard Chooks

What to Bring

  • Notepad and pen

What to Wear

  • Casual

The Joy of Backyard Chooks

About This Class

Class Schedule

  • Class duration: 6:30pm - 9:00pm

What You Will Learn

  • How to get started with keeping chickens in a suburban backyard
  • How to house and protect chooks from predators.
  • How chooks can be used to improve your garden and soil.

What You Get

  • Detailed notes on where to source hens, council regulations and other chooky issues
  • Discount Voucher to use on products at BAAG
  • A cuppa (or two) and biscuits


A couple of chooks in the backyard were once a staple part of the suburban quarter acre block and their eggs a healthy part of the diet. Smaller backyards needn't mean an end to keeping these most versatile of creatures. Join our class to find out how easy it is to keep a few hens as pets and as the ultimate garden recyclers in a sustainable household. We cover housing, protection, feeding, varieties as well as loads of practical ideas on how to live harmoniously with them in your garden.

Suitable for absolute beginners to keeping chooks

Presented by Maria Ciavarella

Maria has grown up with a rich Italian heritage, with a typically Italian love of good food.  This love encompasses the growing of it, its preparation and its preservation. Maria is a compost queen and presents many of our classes. Known also as the chook lady she loves her feathered friends and heads up one of our most featured classes, Backyard Chooks for Beginners. She is a trained science teacher and is passionate about gardening and the environment. Maria has a young family who are all being instilled with a love of gardening.  Given her teaching background and her own home grown experience with kids, she is often called upon to give talks and gardening demos at schools and kindergartens. 

Comments about Maria

"The presenter is fantastic. Really knows her stuff and has lots of valuable anecdotes to offer which answer every question raised"

Class Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made, no refunds will be given for nonattendances. However, if at least 7 days notice is given of inability to attend, a transfer to an available class of equivalent value, or BAAG gift voucher can be organised, with a $10 administration fee applicable.

 Class Cancellations

If there are insufficient numbers for a class it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the option of a full refund or a BAAG gift voucher or a transfer to a class of equivalent value.

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Oct 2016
The Joy of Backyard Chooks - 13 Oct 2016 6:30 PM

Maria's class was practical and informative. It covered everything a beginner needs to know. Would highly recommend it for anyone contemplating getting chooks