Virtual Chicken Camp

Our Terry Ryan Virtual Chicken Camps have been running successfully since September of 2021. Terry and KARE will be continuing to offer Virtual Chicken Camps along with our live Chicken Camps. We are honored to support Terry and all the participants of the Virtual Chicken Camp.  We hope one of the upcoming time schedules will work for you.

Next Offerings:

Entry-Level Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, April 18 – June 6, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST

Beyond Entry-Level 1 Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Beyond Entry-Level 2 Virtual Chicken Camp

Thursdays, April 18 – June 6, 2024
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm PST

Virtual Chicken Camp For Kids (ages 8-12)

Thursdays, July 11 – August 29, 2024
9:30 am – 10:30 am PST

How to Register: Email


Classes are 1 hour long for 8 weeks and are conducted utilizing the Zoom virtual meeting platform.

Classes are limited to:

  • Ages 12 & up*
  • 8 working participants ($245): You will need continual access to a chicken.  There will be homework!  As soon as you register, you will receive detailed information on how to select and prepare your chicken partner for the course.  During the course, instructions will be given for making simple props from things you have around the house. You will have the opportunity to work with Terry one-on-one during class sessions.
  • 12 auditing participants ($170): You will be involved in class Q&A and people-only exercises that focus on improving your mechanical skills.                 

Other Important Class Details:

  • Classes are taught in English.  If interpretation is needed, please contact us for a private virtual chicken camp. KARE is not responsible for providing an interpreter. This could affect class time and pricing.
  • Each week all participants receive class notes plus supplemental educational documents
  • The training area for each working participant should be in a quiet area free of distractions. The area needs a table of at least 6 feet in length, a computer with a camera (preferably laptop), and a chair. 
  • All chickens used in training need to be hens, no roosters. Each working participant should have a chicken of their own to work with during the camp. The chicken may be from their own flock or borrowed from another flock. During class, the chicken should be kept in a holding area within easy reach of the working table and the computer. Wire dog crates work well for keeping the chickens contained during class when not working with them.
  • CEU credits are available for both working and auditor participants.

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.

Register by contacting

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.

Check out what past participants have said about Virtual Chicken Camp!

…the workshops were fabulous. I learned so much – as well as using the target sticks and paying more attention to the details I have also been reconsidering my use of chaining. Your instruction was very clear and  watching the others with their hens was really helpful.” – Collette

I loved every bit of it and can’t believe how much I have learned and how much attention I have received during the past 8 weeks of Chicken Camp.” – Kristin

Virtual Chicken Camp is an excellent initiative and Terry Ryan is an amazing teacher. I love Terry’s approach to teaching.” – Anonymous survey response

Great class, thanks for the opportunity. I would be open to taking it again even with another chicken or as an auditor this time.” – Anonymous survey response

This was a bucket list for me and even though it was virtual, the benefit was I got to work with my chickens and slept in my own bed 😉 ” – Anonymous survey response

Virtual Chicken Camp was the affordable option for me! 🙂 I would like to sign up again in the future as a working spot.” – Anonymous survey response