Hi. The chickens had a good journey and have settled into their new home really well. Thank you so much for your advice. It was lovely to meet you both. Victoria.

From: Jemma Dayman <Jemmaxxxxx@carpetright.co.uk>
Date: 22 May 2018 at 12:13:40 BST
Subject: FW:
Hi Viv,
Hope you are well! Just wanted to update you on my chickens – they are so lovely!!!!
Very friendly and good layers. I think they look happy in their new home 😊
Thanks again
Junior Buyer
From: Chris  <xxxx@xxxxsdale.com>
Date: 8 March 2018 at 17:33:01 GMT
To: Viv McLaren <heathhens1st@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Hens in a hurricane

Hi Viv,

I brought 6 mixed hens in Sept 2017.

Having been a back garden hen keeper for many years, I know to my cost in the past how important it is to buy from someone who is DEFRA certified.

Viv and Iain sounded me out before meeting the hens! We discussed temperament, needs etc and they checked each hen very carefully.Cheers


From: Vanessa McSween <vxxxxx@hotmail.com>
Date: 26 September 2017 at 20:51:10 BST
To: “heathhens1st@gmail.com” <heathhens1st@gmail.com>
Subject: Heath hens ref.

Knowledgeable and caring, it was an absolute pleasure to buy our beautiful girls from Iain and Vivian. The hens are in tip top condition and are a delight to watch as they dust bathe and hunt for food in our garden. Knowing that we can call upon Ian and Vivian’s expertise with any questions is reassuring and option of bringing them back for  ‘bed and breakfast’ if we go away on holiday is a fantastic back up plan!
Vanessa McSween


March 2018 and I now have 6 of the sweetest, friendliest  girls I’ve ever had.

They were so calm it took my 5 year old grandchild just one day to learn how to pick them up carefully.

In full lay 5/6 eggs per day.

I’m very proud of them!:




Date: 25 September 2017 at 16:50:13 BST

Hi there

Please find some pictures of our lovely four chickens! We absolutely love them and practically from the day we got them we have got 3/4 eggs a day. They are very plump, healthy contented chickens.

We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your hens. Thanks again

Sarah and Mark

On 5 Mar 2018, at 08:57, Chris xxxx <xxxx@xxxxlsdale.com> wrote:

Hi Viv,

I bought 6 mixed POL hens  in Sept 2017.

Having been a back garden hen keeper for many years, I know to my cost in the past just how important it is to buy from someone who is DEFRA certified.

Viv and Iain sounded me out before meeting the hens! We discussed temperament, needs ect and they checked each hen very carefully.

No rush, just a great visit.

Salt and pepper have settled in nicely, their favorite place when I’m cooking 🙂

We really love them, they have fitted right in and Donald is enjoying the company too 🙂

Andy  I have asked my customers if we could put this on the page please I will send you more when I get a reply from them thanks


Hi Vivian, it’s Jon who bought the red chicken and the bluebell with my daughter and son about 2 weeks ago. They’re doing well. The blue just laid her first egg! Thank you again.

No worries. He can put in a link to our website as well. www.blackgrovefarm.org


Hey there, thanks again so much for our chickens, they seem to have settled into their coup really well. Thanks Sarah xx

Hello again, we have already had two eggs today! Thanks again so much, we have def got the chicken bug x

Ha ha! Im already assessing how i can get mark to mark to make the run bigger! Yes i was surprised and thought the first egg was a trick egg from mark. Def not though as had awesome poached eggs for lunch! X

We absolutely love the hens! Xx

Hello Vivian

The hens have settled in really well with my other birds and are really happy.

Best wishes Peter.

Picture saved as Testimonial – Peter

Thought you might like a photo. All my hens have been laying all

through the winter and are well, they laid 38 eggs last week from 6 hens.



4 August 2017
Hi Vivian and Iain
We are delighted with our new chickens who have settled very quickly.  They are very friendly, introduced themselves very politely to our existing chickens and started laying immediately. Looking forward to getting some more from Vivian and Iain who were most helpful.”
Sally and Dennis
Good morning,
Just to let you know the 3 hens that I picked up on Wednesday and have settled in very well. They did remember each other! However pecking order did soon settle in but all settled back down and they are getting on so well. There was a egg laid in transport on the way home haha and have been getting eggs everyday off all of them 🙂 thank you so much!
Kind Regards
  • From: Anne S <annestxxxxdxx@gmail.com>
    Date: 7 October 2017 at 10:58:20 BST
    To: heathhens1st@gmail.com
    Subject: Legbars
    We are now back from holiday
    Do you still have 2 hens available for the end of the month please?
    I am delighted with the three hen I have. They are so healthy and very friendly, especially the black mottled one.
    Also we have had 5 lovely brown eggs,
    With thanks
From: Ruth <ruthxxxxx@gmail.com>
Date: 17 April 2018 at 16:10:15 BST
To: Viv McLaren <heathhens1st@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Julian and Jasper’s chickens!

Hi Vivian and Iain,

We came home from school – and found an egg!
Who laid it, Julian’s Ginger (Goldline) or Jasper’s Roxie (Rhode Rock)?
Ginger seems a lot calmer to Roxie today, which is a relief to us all! Roxie let Jasper stroke her for at least 5 secs just now too!

Chickens have settled in really well.  We had 2 eggs on Saturday, 3yesterday and 5 today! I cooked up the vegetable peelings on Sundayfrom our lunch, which they loved.  We love watching them and getting to know their characters.  Best wishes, Sarah (and boys)
They certainly seem very settled which is lovely 😊
Hi Vivian – yes no problem.  Girls are in great condition and love roaming around the garden when we are at home.  Our dog has also been great with them and we are loving all the eggs! Best wishes to you both, Sarah

Hi Vivian . The 3 hens are getting on nice! All good so far . Thankyou Sharon& Jon 🐔🐔🐔