Welcome to Martins Wood Farm, the home of point of lay hybrid hens for sale in the South East and suppliers of poultry equipment, feed, housing and holiday hen boarding
Chickens for sale in East Sussex
Martins Wood Farm is a family run business, in an idyllic setting at the foot of the South Downs. We are based in a beautiful woodland location, where our hens are able to roam around amongst the trees. We sell 11 different breeds of hybrid hens which are all fully vaccinated. Please see Our Hens page for more information and photos of each of our breeds and details of the vaccination programme.
Chickens make wonderful family pets. They are comical, inquisitive, sociable and each has their own personality. Once you are set up for hens they are easy to look after and will provide you with plenty of entertainment and of course lots of delicious fresh eggs. Nothing beats the taste of eggs laid that day by your own hens. It is great to know where your food is coming from and become more self sufficient as well as knowing that the eggs have been laid with love! Chicken keeping is incredibly popular with hens being very adaptable to a range of garden styles and locations from the town to the country and even on allotments.
We are proud of the personalised service we provide to our customers and offer a lifetime of free advice! It would be our pleasure to introduce you to the delights of chicken keeping if you are new to it and we have everything here you could possibly need to get started including a range of coops, feeders, drinkers, bedding, care accessories and more. We also enjoy catching up with our seasoned hen owners and discussing the latest news and products. We make every effort to have both happy customers and happy hens. Chickens make the perfect pets and we have initiated a lifelong love of this addictive hobby with a range of people from age 3 to 93, proving that it is perfect for both the young and the young at heart! The whole family can get involved and you will be rewarded with the most delicious eggs.
MWF is fully stocked with lovely things for your feathered friends and for you so please check out our Farm Shop page to give you a little taster. We also have plenty of goodies for you and your family too including our own home reared meat, local preserves and ice cream and lots of chickeny gifts.
We provide a Holiday Hen Boarding service which enables you to go on holiday while your chooks come to us for a little vacation of their own. To find out more about this service, please go to our Holiday Hens page.
We also supply our hens wholesale across East and West Sussex, Kent, Essex, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Somerset and Devon. If you are a trader looking for a wholesale supplier of point of lay hybrid hens please contact us to discuss quantities and prices.
If you have any questions that are not answered from this website, or you would like further information about us or our hens, then please contact us as we'd be happy to help.
Please see further down this page for directions on how to find us.
Our Latest News
As you may have seen in the news, there have recently been cases of Avian Flu (H5N8) found across mainland Europe. Although no cases have been found in the UK, DEFRA have made an announcement detailing extra measures all poultry and bird keepers in England need to take to protect their birds.
The Government Chief Vet has today declared a Prevention Zone introducing enhanced biosecurity requirements for poultry and captive birds. The zone covers England and will remain in place for 30 days. No cases of Avian Flu have been confirmed in the UK, and the measures outlined in this press release are purely precautionary to help prevent potential infection from wild birds.
Please read through this link to find out more:
Further information on identifying Avian Flu in poultry can be found on this link. Please note, some of the symptoms listed here are totally normal- for example the "fewer eggs laid" is common during the winter months. Just be on the lookout for any unusual symptoms and behaviour in your birds:
Additional diseases prevention methods that you can take are listed here:
If you have any concerns please ask us or contact your local vet.
We have now SOLD OUT of hens for 2016!! We will have our next flock of fully vaccinated, 16 week old hens available for their new homes from mid-February. Keep an eye on our website and our Facebook page to find out more details nearer the time.
Martins Wood Farm will still be open all through the Winter, with an exception for Christmas closing, on Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10am-5pm. Our shop has everything your hens will need, including layers pellets, corn, shavings, Easichick, tonics and supplements, feeders, drinkers, grit, coops, treatments, cleaners and much more! Plus there are plenty of fabulous gifts for chicken lovers of all ages. We hope to see you soon.
If using a Sat Nav our postcode is BN8 6AR, but they do not always put us in quite the right place- sometimes we end up half a mile further South towards the village of Ripe. Don't despair, we're just round the corner!!
How to find us!
We are situated in East Sussex between Lewes, Uckfield and Eastbourne, just outside the small village of Ripe.
Directions from Lewes:
From Lewes head East along the A27, heading towards Eastbourne. Drive along this road for approximately 4 miles. You will see a turning on your left, sign-posted to Ripe and Laughton. Take the turn here and follow Firle Road until you reach the centre of Ripe. You will see The Lamb Inn pub on your right and the village shop ahead of you. Take the left turn at the small round-about which leads you on to Ripe Lane and is sign-posted towards Golden Cross. Follow this road for just over 1 mile. The road takes a sharp bend to the right and you will find us a hundred metres along on your right.
Directions from Uckfield:
From Uckfield head South along the A22, passing through Halland. Continue along the East Hoathly bypass (A22) until you reach Golden Cross. You will see a BP Garage on your left and a pub called The Golden Cross Inn on your right. Take a right turn here, and again instantly so you travel down the side of the pub car park, along Deanland Road, following signs to Ripe and Deanland Airfield. Continue for just over 1 mile until you reach a sharp right hand bend. You will see us shortly after on your left.
Directions from Eastbourne:
From Eastbourne travel North along the A22, bypassing Hailsham. You will reach the Boship roundabout where you need to take the first exit, continuing along the A22 towards Uckfield for approximately 2 miles. You will see a BP Garage on your right up ahead, and The Golden Cross Inn on your left. Take the left turn just before the pub and then instantly turn right so you travel down the side of the pub car park, along Deanland Road, following signs to Ripe and Deanland Airfield. Continue for just over 1 mile until you reach a sharp right hand bend. You will see us shortly after on your left.
Martins Wood Farm is a no smoking site. We ask that children are supervised at all times as we are a working farm and there can be hazards around. It is very important that they do not wander off by themselves. Dogs must be kept on a lead and if they foul it is the owners responsibility to clean it up. If dogs are causing stress to the hens we will ask that they are kept in a ventilated car.