Hens for Hire

School Hen Keeping Specialist

Hen Keeping Courses

We have been keeping hens at home for well over 15 years now and have been running and hosting Hen Keeping Courses For Beginners for the last 12 years.

We had always wanted to keep hens, but it wasn’t until we saw the eglu and thought ‘we have to have one of them!’ The hens are really fun animals to be around and each one has its own personality and character.

They are very friendly – our 14 year old is very happy to cuddle with them. The hens keep us very well stocked with the freshest, tastiest eggs in the world! We started with just 2 hens, Barbara and Margo and from those small beginnings we now have in excess of 150 hens!


Courses & Covid-19

A bit of an update on courses held monthly here at Hens HQ, like many other rural businesses we are faced with the overwhelming complications this pandemic brings to all our doors. choosing how to proceed in a moral, safe and manner that protects everyone that visit Hens HQ and those who attend one of our courses. I am going to do my best to keep our courses running while it is safe to do so.

We ask all visitors and course attendees to follow government advice around infection control. We will only welcome you if you are social distancing. If you are self isolating for 7 or 14 days, feeling unwell or experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Covid-19, please do not visit Hens HQ.
At Hens for Hire we are committed to strong bio security, social distancing and infection control procedures and do not involve large groups of people, close contact or confinement in a small space. We have a new course classroom with toilet facilities, the courses are held outdoors and in the well ventilated Hen Barn.
Our courses have a maximum of 8 attendees. During this time we will not be serving any refreshments, you are welcome to bring your own.
If the Government guidelines change we will of course review our position.
If you would like to join us for one of our courses please visit www.hensforhire.co.uk and click on the courses page for more information

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So What Do Our Courses Offer?

During the course we will show you how to handle the hens, plus how to maintain your eglu and hen houses (ours is nearly 8 years old and looking as good as new!) looking after the run (ours has survived having a horse sit on it!) plus our daily routines and health checks.

We also have a cube along with a selection of wooden hen houses. We have 30 resident hens at home a mixture of hybrids and pure breeds, ageing from 6 months to 6 years old. During the school holidays the numbers swell to over 150 hens so plenty of hens to hug!

Hen Keeping Courses

Hens For everyone

£30.00 per adult – £10.00 per child

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Incubating Chicks

Beginners Guide to Incubation

£30.00 per adult – £10.00 per child

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Please Note

This course is not suitable for children under 6 years of age.

The majority of the course takes place outside so come suitable dressed, we recommend wellies and a raincoat.

Hens For Everyone

Courses £30 per adult

An opportunity for you to see how chicken keeping fits into family life! This session is designed as an introduction to keeping chickens and will give you the opportunity to ask your own questions.

Some of the areas we cover during the course are:

  • See an eglu and find out how it works
  • Handle some chickens
  • Eggs and laying
  • Learn how to pick a suitable garden spot
  • Daily care and maintenance requirements
  • How to feed your chickens*
  • Health and wellbeing and observation of looks and behaviour
  • Wing clipping
  • Have a chance to ask as many questions as you want over a cuppa and a slice of cake

* The hosts of this course accept no responsibility for any loss or injury while on the premises. By booking on this course you are agreeing to these terms.