Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camps

You’ve heard of it, wanted to attend, so let’s do it! Come join us for one of Terry Ryan’s amazingly educational (and extremely fun) Chicken Camps!

Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education (KARE) is proud to continue our partnership with Terry Ryan for more Chicken Camps at the Seabeck Conference Center and now Online! Our current camps are the new Virtual Chicken Camps and Beginning Chicken Camp (April 2021)! Space is limited, so REGISTER TODAY!

Virtual Chicken Camp

Terry has gone virtual while we navigate our way through the COVID-19 pandemic. KARE is proud to partner with Terry for these upcoming Virtual Chicken Camp! The virtual chicken camp is one hour every week for eight weeks with lots of guided homework between classes. No experience is necessary. Terry will help working participants select and condition a hen from their own flock to be their training partner. Check out the details below!

Who: Ages 12 & up*


  • Working Participant (only 6 spots): $195
  • Auditor Participant**: $130


  • Wednesdays, November 11 – December 30, 2020, 8-9 am Pacific time.


  • An interest in clicker training animals of all sorts
  • Continual access to a suitable chicken (hen)
  • Willingness to acquire a few props
  • Basic Zoom program (free)

In this virtual course, you’ll get the  information from Terry’s traditional Chicken Camps which is designed to practice animal training. The methods will involve marker-based positive reinforcement techniques. The goal of the course is to help you be a better trainer of any species, including humans. The course will provide practical application for the principles of classical and operant conditioning. Observation and timing skills are practiced. A foundation of target training and discrimination is followed by teaching the chicken to negotiate a simple, chained obstacle course. Working participants will have the opportunity to work with Terry one-on-one during class sessions. CEU credits are available.

**Auditor Participants: We welcome people to participate without a chicken. Auditors will be involved in some of the skills taught, and in Q&A and critique sessions. No equipment is required other than a clicker.

How to Register: Email registration@nwkare.org

Spokane’s Fox28 wrote an article about Terry’s Virtual Chicken Camp that you can read here.

*Chickin’ Klickin’ Kids – A very less technical, more hands-on course for children of 7-12 with parental assistance. Dates to be announced.

Beginning Chicken Camp

Date: April 12-16, 2021

We’ll practice mechanical skills with special attention to timing and eye-hand coordination.  Lessons include observing and recording behavior, systematic desensitization, capturing a behavior, shaping a behavior and the use of targets.  Students will work on a discrimination task and shaping behaviors. Effective coaching techniques to aid your training partner will be addressed. No experience required. CEU credits are available.

Time: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 4 pm; Friday 9 am – 2 pm
Workshop Check-in Monday, April 12, 8:30 – 9 am
Lodging Check-in 4 pm, Sunday, April 11, 2021

Location: Seabeck Conference Center (13395 Lagoon Dr NW, Seabeck, WA 98380)

Tuition: Includes snacks, lunch, and any workshop materials; breakfast, lunch, and dinner included for those staying at the conference center. Prices listed below are per person. A 50% deposit is required to reserve your spot.

Lunch is included for all Workshop registrants. If choosing Workshop & Lodging package, all meals are provided from check-in to check-out!

Early Bird Pricing (before February 15, 2021)

  • Workshop only: $745.00
  • Workshop & Single Occupancy lodging/meals: $1330.00
  • Workshop & Double Occupancy lodging/meals: $1210.00 (pp)

Regular Pricing (after February 15, 2021)

  • Workshop only: $825.00
  • Workshop & Single Occupancy lodging/meals: $1410.00
  • Workshop & Double Occupancy lodging/meals: $1290.00 (pp)


  1. Please email us to register for Chicken Camp. Space is limited, registration and minimum 50% deposit is required.
  2. If you are paying by credit card and have already completed your registration form, please email us for payment instructions. If you prefer to pay by check, please mail it to Kitsap Animal Rescue & Education or KARE at PO BOX 994, Silverdale, WA 98383. Your spot in the workshop is held with receipt of payment. Please read the cancellation policy stated above.
  3. This workshop is for humans only. For the comfort of the birds, no dogs can be permitted in the building during Chicken Camp.
  4. We are partnering with Seabeck Conference Center for lodging, however if you are looking for other lodging ideas in Kitsap County or would like more information on the area, visit: http://www.visitkitsap.com/


If you have not attended one of Terry Ryan’s Chicken Camps before, a typical day at camp has students working in pairs, taking turns training their own chickens and coaching their partner. Activity times will vary by workshop, but typically start at 9 AM and end at 4 PM each day. Lunch is provided on site and includes non-meat selections. A ten-minute break will take place approximately every hour. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided. Water, soft drinks, tea and coffee are available all day.

For more information on Legacy Canine Chicken Camps, visit http://www.legacycanine.com/

Did you know that there is a lot that you can learn from a chicken?

Training a chicken stretches your planning and mechanical training skills for any animal you work with. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, so it’s a great chance to improve your coordination and timing. Since chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them, you will know immediately if you are pushing your chicken too hard or too fast.  Terry’s chicken camp will cover the learning concepts of shaping, behavior chaining and object discrimination.

The skills that you learn in this camp can be applied in a wide variety of contexts, including:

  • Professional animal training
  • Training your own pet
  • Veterinary hospitals
  • Schools and other educational situations

If you can train a chicken, you can train anything!

Why should dog trainers train chickens?

Trainers do not have bad (or good!) chicken training habits because they’ve never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them. Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast. Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do. You will not be showing your chickens at the next performance event, nor will you be taking them home, so there is no pressure on what will happen in the future. You probably do not have a library full of chicken training books and DVD’s to influence you, much less televisions shows on chicken training. Instead, you can take advantage of this amazing opportunity to work with KARE’s resident flock of chickens. Each student will have one or two chickens to handle and train using a clicker and food pellets. Students will work in pairs, taking turns training their own chickens and coaching their partner.


Terry Ryan, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. Visit Legacy Canine for details.

Legacy, an organization promoting humane dog training, was founded in 1975 by Terry and Bill Ryan. For three decades Legacy’s staff has provided programs designed to nurture mutual understanding and good relationships between dogs and their people. Our motto is, “Catch Them in the Act of Doing Something Good.”