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
Sale of hens from Martins Wood Farm in 2021
What a strange time we continue to find ourselves in, both with Covid-19 and Avian Influenza to deal with. We have thoroughly looked into the advice from the Government for both these issues and have found that we are allowed to remain open and trading during this time. Firstly, in terms of Covid-19, we are allowed to trade due to the nature of our business coming under four permitted categories.
"Businesses providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:
You are allowed to leave home during this National Lockdown to visit us as we are an essential business for the above permitted reasons, HOWEVER, we strongly urge people to consider if they feel this journey is necessary, and if so, only come to us if we are your local poultry supplier. Further advice can be found on the Government website here. Please also view our Covid-safe procedures further down this page in the "Our Latest News" section.
In terms of Avian Influenza, the whole of England is in a Prevention Zone, but as we are not in a Protection Zone or a Surveillance Zone, we are allowed to sell our hens. We are not classed as a "gathering" as our hens are from one source and are only moving to your home. No additional hens will be mixing with our selling flock. Further details on what a Prevention Zone means and how to ensure your biosecurity measures will keep your birds safe can be found on our guidance page here.
Our hens are available by ADVANCED RESERVATION only. Please contact us via our contact form or email only to reserve your hens. Our reservation list for February is now OPEN. Once all the hens from our February flock have been allocated, we will close our reservation list. We will announce when this will reopen for March.
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 eggs from our chicken laying flock, duck and goose eggs (subject to availability), our own honey, own home reared meat (subject to availability), local preserves and ice cream and lots of chicken themed 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 business 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
Our Covid-Safe Procedures
In line with the Government Guidance, we are allowed to continue trading as we are classed as an "essential business" under the categories of "food shop", "pet shop" and "agricultural supplies shop". The selling of hens is covered by the animal welfare legislation and the movement of livestock has not been prohibited.
HOWEVER, to allow us to operate safely and within the regulations set out by the Government during this pandemic we will be taking the following strict measures to ensure that all our customers and our team are protected.
*Please only visit us if you feel your journey is essential.
*Please remain at your car until a member of the MWF team signals that it is your turn to be served.
*Where possible, we ask that a maximum of 2 people per vehicle/group get out of the car . Any other passengers are asked to remain inside the car.
*Please wear a mask or face covering inside the shop if you are able to.
*If there are customers inside the shop already, please wait outside until they leave, allowing them space to exit the shop.
*Keep to the social distancing rules- do not come any closer to us than 2 metres. Shout to us if you need to! We have a 2 metre marker in the shop so please be aware of and respect this.
*Our toilet facilities at the farm will be CLOSED so we can concentrate on keeping the key areas cleaned and disinfected regularly.
*If you have ANY concerns that you are not at full health, or have shown any symptoms of Covid-19 DO NOT COME to the farm. PLEASE STAY AWAY to protect others, protect the NHS and save lives.
Please stay safe everybody and look after yourselves and your loved ones.
Bird Flu Winter 2020
Sadly, there have been numerous confirmed outbreaks of Avian Influenza this winter. From the 14th December 2020 it will be a legal requirement to keep your birds "housed". Find out more about what this means for you on our info page or on the DEFRA website.
New Product Alert!
Have you seen our range of cleaning brushes in the shop? One that we love is this BRAND NEW style of drinker cleaning brush! It has been an instant hit here at MWF! The ergonomic design means the brush head fits right into the groove of the drinker so you can give it a good scrub really quickly and easily. At £1.99 these are a must have! Without wanting to sound too dramatic, they have revolutionised our drinker cleaning process!
On the 15th June 2019 our Sebastapol geese, Margaret and Keith became proud parents to three beautiful little goslings which Margaret hatched. They are growing fast and enjoying exploring their pen, but never stray too far from Mum and Dad! They are very cute, although also slightly dinosaur-esque!
In August 2018 we posted a slightly cryptic message on our social media channels to say we were out on an exciting adventure with two hens from our laying flock. At the time we weren't able to elaborate on the events further, but we are so excited to now be able to reveal that we were actually on set for a photo shoot with The Little White Company! Here are our two beauties in action, a Goldine and a Rhode Rock. They were the most fabulous models and didn't behave like divas at all!
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.