The Cosy Hen Company was established in 2008 by Peter and Glenda Stoneman as a diversification project from our alpaca breeding business, Amazing Alpacas. We were aware that alpacas protect sheep and poultry from foxes and other predators, but we had never put this to the test. We thought we should put that right so we bought a few point of lay birds, closely followed by a larger group of chickens from the Battery Hen Welfare Trust. Nowdays we have a small flock of modern hybrids as our egg layers.
We sometimes have a few spare modern hybrids available for those customers wanting laying hens, so it's always worth contacting us to see what's in stock.
We are registered with DEFRA as poultry keepers.
Our birds live outdoors in biosecure runs, with plenty of space to express themselves naturally. To protect our poultry from predators, such as foxes and birds of prey, we use metal mesh panels which are netted above and, of course, alpacas. All our houses are securely locked each night.
While we were looking at suitable housing we quickly discovered that some units were not particularly well-built and we agreed that we could build better ourselves. So we did.... Not only did we build houses and runs we liked; but our visitors that saw them commented very favourably too.
From the first models for our own use, we designed a range of houses and runs for sale to people who wanted a quality, attractive and practical product for their birds. The Cosy Hen Company was hatched!
If you are considering buying a few chickens or poultry housing, do come and see what we have on our farm - we think you'll be glad you did!