We are currently pausing ALL of our Hire Services until the end of the Lockdown period in the UK, this includes, Hen Hire, Incubator Hire, Chick Cuddles Sessions & Hen Keeping Courses. We are taking bookings for Incubator Hire and Hen Hire for September 2020. To respond to the Covid-19 Crisis we are preparing work for the Recovery Curriculum and how hens & chicks can help with mental health and wellbeing when returning to school.
Discover the wonder of hatching chicks and learning at the same time with a ‘hands on’ experience.
Now taking bookings for Autumn 2020
So What Do We Offer
Our service offers schools, nurseries and homes the opportunity to hatch eggs and enjoy the chicks. So why pick hatching with Hens for Hire? Our egg hatching eggs are all sourced from our lovely breeder, Susie from Pages Poultry. We only hatch rare and pure breed poultry in partnership with Pages Poultry, all of the chicks return to Pages Poultry at the end of your hire period. They are then grown on and go onto to new homes as family pets or breeding birds and some go onto become prize winning show birds at local and national level. If you visit the National and Federation Show have a look in the show pens for some of the birds. Some even join the team of chickens here at Hens HQ!
We are unique as we can offer you 3 different types of eggs to hatch:
New for 2020
Out of Africa-Fancy hatching something a little different? project work on Africa? New for 2020 we are offering the opportunity to hatch Guinea Fowl. Wonderful birds from the African Plans, right in your classroom. Please contact us for more information.
Bantam Hatch-a selection of pure and rare breed bantams, perfect for little hands to hold & they stay cute and fluffy for longer.
Historical Hatch-the Queen that started Hen Fever, hatch a selection of Queen Victoria’s favourtie breeds. Support material and costumes too (perfect if you studying the Victorians this term)
Quackers Hatch-Ducklings, yep ducklings. A very different hatching experience, you even get to give them their first bath. For 2020 only a very limited hatch in Summer 2020
It’s a fantastic way to experience the excitement of chicks in the classroom. Our incubators are fully automatic and during the incubation period will regularly turn the eggs. The eggs take 21 days to develop (ducklings take 28 days) and within the last few days you can hear the eggs ‘cheep’. Once they have hatched they can be moved to the ‘broody box’.
We will set up all the equipment and train staff on all aspects of the hatching process. We will also provide activities related to the chicks and hatching. At the end of the hire period we will remove all the equipment and the chicks. The setting has the option to keep the chicks or we will bring them back to HQ to continue developing.
All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested and fully risk assessments are provided.
We source our fertile eggs from breeders who specialise in pure & rare breeds. We do not hatch auto sexing breeds and will not know the sex of the chicks until about 6 weeks after hatching. We only incubate to order and and work hard to re home all the chicks that return to us. (Claire always keeps quite a few to add to her own flock)
Prices & Booking
Available from March (once we have checked the fertility of the boys) until Mid October, we do needed at least 4 weeks notice prior to the commencement of hire to allow us to collect and begin to incubate the eggs. Contact us for a bespoke quotation.
- We will set the incubator and broody box up on site
- Incubate eggs for 2 days
- Chicks for 8 days
- Full Staff training & hatching support
- We will collect the chicks and equipment at the end of the hire period.
- 3 types of Hatch: Bantams, Quackers & Historical Hatch
Watch us Grow-Total Unique to Hens for Hire
Once you have hatched your chicks via the ‘Quick Hatch’ at the end of the 2 week hire you have the option to grow your chicks on. Experience the chicks move through to young adult hood and grow their full feathers. Keep the chicks for a further 4 weeks.
Chicks can be returned at end of ‘Watch us Grow’ hire period or hen house purchased to keep hens at school.
- Incubator with up to 10 fertile eggs
- Broody Box, including heat lamp and feed
- Full staff training
- Learning material
- Members Area Access
Watch us Grow
- Growing Box
- Heat lamp/feed/bedding
- Advanced learning material
- Hen care staff training
All prices include travel to and from your location
We do our best to provide you with fertile hatching eggs but at times working with Mother Nature doesn’t always go quite to plan. Don’t worry we always have a plan B to ensure you get the most from your hatching experience.
Hi Claire. Many thanks for this – the children have absolutely loved it (as well as the parents and Staff!). The timing was perfect. Definitely has the wow factor.
Having the chicks develop so quickly was startling to watch. We got them on Day 1 as tiny fluffy things which could hardly walk in a straight line and by Day 3 they had developed flight feathers, could run around and even attempt to fly. Brilliant! The incubator was another story. Seeing a tiny hole appearing, followed by the occasional cheep only led to a sense of paternal worrying! Will they get out, will they hatch? Eventually I gave one a slight help with a bit of the egg shell but you know within an hour it was up standing. I definitely would recommend Claire and her kit, do it, its great!