Buying your hens and bringing them home
1. If you can, please call us before you come so we can talk about…
What hens you currently have, if you have had hens before or if you are a new hen keeper
What sort and size of coop and run you have
What feed and bedding you use or are planning to use
What hens you’d like to buy
…so we can help you make the right purchase
2. On the day of your visit, please bring our contact details (in case you get lost),a suitably large box or animal crate approx. 1 sq ft per bird and either cash or a card
3. When you select your hens, be fussy! We can explain to you what to look out for so that you know the birds we are selling you are healthy, if there is anything you’re not sure about, please just ask
4. It is important that the birds are driven home, quickly and quietly. Birds overheat in a very short time, especially in cars, so need to get to their new home quickly. We don't sell poultry feed so please buy some BEFORE you come, so you don't need to stop on your way home. We only feed the hens 'LAYERS PELLETS' We recommend you feed either pellets or mash but not corn. Noisy children and loud music are also very stressful, so try to keep it as peaceful as possible.
5. When you arrive home, gently place the box in a cool quiet place for 30-60 minutes to allow the hens to relax and be still. If it’s particularly hot and the hens are ‘panting’, put them straight in the coop or run with access to water.
6. After their rest period either place them in a small run or their coop. If you have placed them in the run and you consequently struggle to get them to go into their coop at bedtime, try placing a small torch in there.
7. Ideally, you should quarantine any new additions to your flock for 3 weeks before introducing them. In reality, very few people have a second coop and run in which to do this. The best most people can manage is to place the new hens in the coop after the others have ‘gone to bed’ and hope for the best!! We will discuss the best strategy for you at collection.