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Basic Chicken Care Suggested Curriculum

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A little visual enrichment can go a long way for chicken residents. | Photo: Edgar’s Mission

With all of The Open Sanctuary Project’s offerings, we know it can be difficult to know how to navigate it all, especially if you are new to the topic of chicken care! This outline is intended to help you make your way through our resources in a way that ensures you don’t miss anything and that you don’t find yourself reading the same material unnecessarily (though we encourage you to review information as needed).

1) Introduction- For information on starting a sanctuary check out the following:

2) For a very brief history on domestic chickens, read:

3) Complete Basic Chicken Care Part 1or Basic Large Breed Chicken Care Part 1(and if you’d like to learn about both large breed chickens and non-large breed chickens, complete the appropriate supplemental course):

4) Complete Basic Chicken Care Part 2 or Basic Large Breed Chicken Care Part 2* (which is currently under construction, as are the supplemental versions):

* Much of the information in Basic Chicken Care Part 2 can be applied to large breed chickens; however, this course will focus on health conditions and challenges specific to large breed chickens. While waiting for this course to be released, you can read more about heath care note for large breed chickens and special handling requirements, here.

6) Further Reading:

We have hundreds of available resources covering a variety of topics, so if there is something specific you are looking for, be sure to check out our resources to see if we’ve covered it. If we haven’t, feel free to contact us, and we’ll let you know if it’s something we can work on. Also keep in mind that we are constantly creating new content and updating our published resources as we get new information to share- if you’re interested in getting updates about newly added or updated resources, sign up for our newsletter!


Updated on November 19, 2020

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