Caring for chickens, animals

Get Clucking! Learn about caring for chickens

Ideal for the whole family!

Over 50 people have attended this class


For ages 14 and above

Get Clucking!  You’ve got chickens, now what?

We will teach you all the basics you need to know about caring for your new pets.

About this course:

When it comes to caring for chickens, you’ll be ahead of the flock with our course. 

Chickens are very clever and make great pets when they receive the right care...and don’t forget those fresh eggs.

Find out how you can provide an enriched living environment for your fluffy fowl by learning about their behaviour, feeding, diet, health, egg production, housing, safe handling and transport. They’ll never want to fly the coop!

  • Learn appropriate nutrition and water requirements for chickens
  • Learn about the primary health requirements and husbandry practices
  • Learn about safe handling and restraint techniques
  • Learn about housing and shelter requirements for chickens
  • Discuss common health concerns, how to tell if a chicken is needing vet assistance and preventative measures
  • Conduct a health check on a chicken
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What you will learn

  • Chicken behaviour, communication and social structure
  • Common health issues, egg production, diet and nutrition
  • Feeding and enrichment for chickens

What you will get

  • Certificate of attendance

What to bring

  • Bring a notebook and pen

What to wear

Closed in shoes for admittance into the barn. Weather appropriate clothing for outdoors

Appropriate for

Pet owners, potential pet owners, those working with pet owners - for ages 14 and above

RSPCA Victoria

(1278 Reviews)

Want to improve your animal skills? Looking for quality teaching by industry experts? Want real skills and training?

Whether you’re a pet owner or thinking of a career in animal care, RSPCA Victoria has a short course to extend your animal skills and understanding.

Designed to develop new skills for anyone dealing with animals; RSPCA short courses provide valuable access to industry experts and utilise quality resources and trainers in an informative and hands-on environment.

As the trusted name in animal welfare in Victoria, we understand what animals need, and what works and what doesn’t – and are keen to share our practical knowledge and skills with you through.


Gain professional skills. Learn about your pet. Or both!

Programs are tailored for those wanting to enter the animal industry or improve their skills within this field, as well as helping people to increase their skills with their own pets.

Hands-on experience is essential to understanding animals so you will have the chance to meet and work with – animals from our education team – as well as learn from industry experts and qualified trainers.

And of course, profits raised go towards supporting animal welfare projects. You’re helping animals while you learn to… help animals!

So book your course with us today.


About RSPCA Victoria

We are a non-government, community based charity that works to prevent cruelty to animals by actively promoting their care and protection. RSPCA Victoria was established in Melbourne in 1871. Since this time, the RSPCA has become Australia's leading animal welfare charity.

Our community services include work in education, advocacy, animal care and protection. In Victoria, we operate nine animal Adoption Care Centres and one community pet care centre, providing refuge and care to more than 20,000 animals every year. 

As a not-for-profit organisation, we rely on community support to care for 'all creatures great and small'.  More than 90% of our funding is due to the generous support of the Victorian community.

For further information, visit 

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4.7 (27 reviews)
Donnarated it
29 Apr 2024
Very informative and well presented. Would highly recommend to any backyard chicken owners!
Daverated it
28 Apr 2024
This is the second course I have done with the education team at RSPCA Burwood VIC. Jess and her team provide a great experience in a friendly atmosphere. The information provided is excellent and well targeted at the new hobby farmer like myself. I had to travel from south coast NSW and even though it was just for a 3hr course it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend their courses. Keep up the great work. Dave P - Bald Hills NSW
Karenrated it
27 Apr 2024
An enthusiastic Jess spent the morning giving us a great introduction to chicken keeping. There was a broad range of info from the biology of a chicken, to their behaviour, how to examine a chicken for health (or not) and how to train your chicken! Really enjoyable and worthwhile, also enjoyed swapping stories with other chicken keepers. thankyou!
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

  • A refund can be requested 7 days before class starts. Free of charge.
  • A transfer can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.
  • A credit note can be requested 7 days before the class starts. Free of charge.

No changes will be allowed after these times.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Terms and Conditions - Face to Face courses

  • Program activities are conducted by RSPCA Victoria Education Officers and staff. RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to alter activities or cease programs should staff and participant safety be compromised.
  • For safety reasons, participants must wear appropriate clothing and closed-in shoes. 
  • RSPCA Victoria reserves the right to cancel the class should minimum numbers not be met.  A full refund will apply in these circumstances. 


Participants may be involved in a range of hands-on activities during training. While the RSPCA takes all reasonable precautions to ensure the safety of participants, all participants engage with these activities at their own risk.

By enrolling in these programs you acknowledge that you understand this disclaimer and release RSPCA (Victoria) and its employees, agents, volunteers and contractors from any liability whatsoever, to the extent permitted by law.

Terms and Conditions - Online On Demand Courses

The above does not apply. Please contact for assistance. 

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