Hens For Hire

School Hen Keeping Specialists

Welcome to Hens for Hire

Hen Keeping in Schools

Hens for Hire is a unique hire service. We offer schools the opportunity to experience hen keeping and all the benefits it brings to students, whilst removing the set-up cost, on-going responsibility and holiday cover of keeping hens in school. We provide full support and training for all staff.

Interactive Learning With Hens

Keeping Hens helps connect young people with their environment, food and animals in both urban and rural settings. We provide you with the expertise, resources and information which are prepared by our teaching staff to make hen keeping in school easy, fun and rewarding.

Bird Flu Notice

As I am sure you have all heard there has been a reported case of bird flu in Yorkshire. Here at Hens for Hire we take the hens and your health and safety very seriously. The hens that are hired out to your setting are kept in a closed flock to minimise the risk of picking up infections. We also check all hens on their return to HQ for the holidays and when they return to schools. Bird Flu is transmitted via wild birds, as yours hens are kept in a enclosed run the chances of transmission are very low.

Hens For Hire


At Hens for Hire, we provide a range of Hen Hire options for Schools, Nurseries and Childcare Centres. These can be tailored to meet both your curriculum requirements and your budgetary requirements.

Incubator Hire


Our Incubator Hire service provides Schools, Nurseries and Care Homes the opportunity to hatch eggs and enjoy the chicks. It's a fantastic way to experience the excitement of chicks in the classroom.



During our Hen Keeping Courses we'll show you how to handle the hens, how to maintain your coop and look after the run, plus we'll teach you all the daily routines and health checks that you'll need to do.

Is Hens for Hire Right for you?

At Hens for Hire we want to make sure you get the best experience from your time spent keeping, caring for and learning from chickens. With this in mind, we have spent many years building Bespoke Hire Options for our wide variety of customers and we'll be only too happy to do the same for you.

Each hire option is built around your individual budget, needs and curriculum plan and you can be sure of our ongoing support and training throughout our time together. You can find out more about our Hens for Hire, Incubator Hire and Courses with these links above.

If you'd like to get in touch to discuss your requirements in person, why not give us a call or visit our Contact Page for more details.

Call: 01283 820771


Did you know?

Hens For Hire won the Theo Phaphitis Small Business Sunday Award this year.

So what is Small Business Sunday? #SBS as it's known by it's 'hash tag' handle on Twitter, was created by Theo Paphitis back in October 2010. Each week small business owners like us have to pitch passionately about our business in 140 characters or less. Theo then reviews the tweets he receives and chooses his favourites.

We were very pleased to be chosen and to receive the award.

Social Chitter Chatter - It's just like all the gossip in the coup.

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We are open: Saturday 9.30-11.30 Chicks/POL hybrid hens/feed/bedding & care supplies. Sunday-we will be at the Marchington 10k Festival all day. Come & join us for chick cuddles & a few hen hugs!
A lovely selection of Orpington Bantams, Pekin Bantams & Frizzled Pekin Bantams! All looking for their forever home.
Project duck pond underway! Well got a selection of tyres!
Chicks all settled in to a brooder stack in the shop along with the mighty incubator.
Just picked up chicks from Abbeyfield Care Home. They had a 'cracking' time!
Handing out the hen & duck ice pops
These little 2 hatched yesterday.
Another day in the van picking up chicks. Heading north today
Cleaning the ducklings out turned into a full on family water fight! Well it is hot out there!
Ducks are 4 weeks old this week! Looking all grown up!
It's hot out there so here are some cute chicks!
Another hot day out in the van heading south to pick up chicks & incubators
Paulet high school students brewing cooling mint tea for the hens!
Great list Lisa. A few of these I did not yet know about, though I do not feed any of these items to my girls. Sometimes I see these kind of lists and think wow, can it really be that good for me either??? Lol. Have a great day.
Kelly Thomas Neil Hutchinson
Hen ice pops Sen popular!
Gemma Bell Good idea. You've inspired me to make some this morning for my flock. X
Kelly Thomas What have you put in?
Hens for Hire Ltd Grapes, kale, spinach, strawberries & a selection of fresh herbs then froze them
Off to London to pick up chicks!
Paulet High School's chick have nearly outgrown the brooder box.
So a spot of hen & duck summer treat making to help fight the heat! So overnight freezing ready for the morning we have: For the ducklings, mint, kale & spinach ice pops For the hens, grape, strawberries, kale, spinach & mixed herbs. Fingers crossed they will enjoy them!
Been a busy day incubator all loaded up with hatching hybrids & a few ducks-oops! Hens back to Mercenfield Primary School & Incubator equipment picked up. Now for some chicken & duck treat making for tomorrow.