Hens for Pets

‘Hens for Pets,‘ is a family owned business, based in Nottinghamshire.  We offer carefully sourced products, and as we use many of these ourselves, we are able to give advice from our own experience.  We continue to look out for new products, so we can bring you the latest, whether you have two or three hens in the back garden, or a smallholding.  We offer products and feeds certified for organic production, and have recently added a natural holistic dog food to our range.

Hens for Pets Trade unit is located two Miles from Junction 26 of the M1, on the outskirts of Nottingham.  We are at unit 15 Amber Trading Centre, NG16 2HS, opposite the IKEA retail park at Giltbrook, which is well sign posted from the motorway junction. You are welcome to  collect your order from our Trade unit, we are open from 10am until 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am until 2pm Sunday, we close Mondays and bank holidays, except Easter when we are open Friday, Saturday and Monday.  We supply Garvo feeds, Organic feeds, Ex-battery Pellets and straight feeds, place your order on line or over the telephone, so we can ensure we have everything you need, before you make the journey.

If there's something you're after and it's not on our website, whether a poultry or smallholding product, please let us know and we will look to source it for you.

During the summer we accompany Feathers Animal Housing at various Country Fairs and Shows, details of which will appear on our blog site.  If you're after a specific product and you're visiting the show, let us know and we'll take it along where we can.

If you would like to keep a few hens in your garden and don't know where to start, feel free to give us a call. We've found keeping chickens to be very rewarding, there’s nothing quite like a tasty fresh egg for breakfast from your own flock, or an amusing family pet in your garden, but with such a choice of breeds and housing, it can be hard to know where to begin.

A good place would be a list of your priorities, consider which type of hen you would prefer, a prolific layer, a smaller bird which is easier to handle, an ornamental garden bird, or a fethered leg variety than can do much less damage to your lawn. You may want the satisfaction of giving a new lease of life to a rescue or ex-battery hen, and have the pleasure of watching her flourish. We hope to give you some idea of what to expect when caring for a rescue hen, in our  'Advice' section, under Ex Battery Hen Care.

To give you an insight into other considerations, we have put together an information sheet which we hope you'll find useful. It's located in our 'Advice' section under Starting Chicken Keeping.

The advice we give is from our own experience, our garden is home to both hybrid layers and sablepoot bantams. A few years ago, with my vegetable plot well established, I decided I would like some company in the garden, but gardening wasn't top of the agenda for the other half, Phil.  So I decided I'd like a pet, but with a fulltime job and family commitments I needed one that was easily managed.  Chickens turned out to be the perfect solution, and with the added benefit of fresh eggs and manure for my vegetable plot. Having a few chickens around was not something new for Phil, he grew up on a farm where hens were a regular sight in the yard -  but not viewed in quite the same way as our hens.  I was surprised to find how relaxing they were to watch, and of course I gave them names, although Kiev wasn't one of my better choices !! I even found myself saying goodnight when locking them up for the evening - but I'm not sure I'll ever find Phil doing the same.