Our Hens

The passion of an Oxfordshire family

Free to roam

One of the nicest parts of this job is opening the pop holes early in the morning and watching the hens run across the fields – they never tire of the excitement! From early in the morning until dusk, our hens are free to explore the fields and dust bathe in the sunshine.

Modern mobile hen houses…. Our hens live in 5 flocks, each at a different age so that we can guarantee a supply of all egg sizes throughout the year. At night time, each flock is safe inside a single level hen house with space to perch and roost. We have chosen mobile hen houses which allows us to move them onto fresh grass each year. When we move our hen houses, we can rest the land from the previous flock and let the UV rays in the sunshine improve the soil, avoiding the use of insecticides. Our hen houses have natural ventilation avoiding the use of electric fans and lowering our carbon footprint.

Enrichment… On a rainy day, hens enjoy having something to play with inside the hen house. We give our hens string, plastic milk bottles, straw bales and blocks of hardened food to peck at and each flock has a children’s play slide to explore. We’ve found the hens love spending time exploring these.