The Early Days of Hens For Hire
Seventeen years ago, we moved our little family from the city to the countryside and got our first two hens, who had to be called Margo & Barbara. We wanted to show our children where their food came from.
We had never kept anything more exotic than a dog and a cat; it was a real education!
We had a few good life moments, chasing hens around the garden and trying to put them back in their run.
From there on, it was a slippery slope. First, we progressed to more and more chickens, then goats for milk (hand-milked twice a day), a few pigs and some bottle-reared lambs. Then came the horses, ponies and plenty of comedy stories to go with each.
Egg-ucating The Next Generation
We have now calmed down a little and focused on our chickens, and 10 years ago, we set up our business, Hens for Hire, hiring out hens to schools across the UK. I wanted to ensure that children could experience their own little piece of the good life.
To date, we have worked with over 80 000 children, and again we have a few ‘good life’ stories of PE departments chasing hens around a 3-acre playing field along with the joy of children learning where their food comes from.
Over the years, we have grown our business and moved to a new location lovingly known as ‘Hens HQ’. Claire’s hen and business experience and Steve’s teaching expertise have led to Hens for Hire being the market leader in all things chicken hire related.
I have to say it’s all thanks to Margo & Barbara, our first Good Life Hens.
We hold the Performing Animal Licence PALS07 (issued by East Staffordshire Borough Council), fully insured, DBS checked & Animal Transport Certificate, and First Aid, Health & Safety & Food Hygiene level 2 certificates.
Whats on Offer?
Egg Laying Packages
Complete coop packages with everything you need to start caring for and learning about Chickens and their eggs.
Our bespoke visits are created for your setting, bringing our team of Shetland Ponies & Hens, along with the fully trained staff.
Poultry Keeping Courses
Learn how to care for your new feathered friends and how to enjoy their antics and individual personalities.