Urban Hens – Keeping Chickens in London

UH people‘Sara and Andy Ward’s garden at Hen Corner is country living at its best, except it’s only taken me 20 minutes to get there on a train from Clapham Junction.’ Rachel Bull, Live Urban Love Rural

Type: Chicken Keeping Course – Beginner

Dates: Wednesday evenings, May – September

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Price: £45.00

Wheelchair Access: Yes

Dog Friendly: No

Child Friendly: Yes

A summer’s evening in the kitchen garden… You will be welcomed with a cold drink and nibbles and introduced to the joys of keeping chickens! We’ve been keeping chickens for around 9 years and currently have 9 big hens in an Eglu Cube, 6 bantams in an Eglu Classic and an Eglu Go for hatching chicks.

Our time together will give a good introduction to keeping chickens in an urban garden. We will look at the needs of the chickens, and their daily, weekly and monthly care. You will have the opportunity to handle a hen, ask questions and all delegates go home with course notes and a goodie bag.

See this review from Rachel Bull of Live Urban Live Rural.

For courses in 2016, please click here to book in

If these times or dates are difficult for you, please contact us and we’ll try to arrange another time.



  1. I want to come!

  2. If we didn’t have a friendly expert just down the road from us then I’d be very tempted to travel up for your course! Sounds fab 🙂

  3. Rather short notice but do you have any spaces left for tomorrow night?

    • Hi,
      Thanks for asking but our courses don’t start until Wed 4th May.

      We’d love to see you then, if you’re available?


      • OK thanks, my chickens arrive Saturday, I will see how I get on!

  4. Hello!

    Your course sounds lovely. Please could you let me know exactly where you are so I can decide if it is possible for my husband to get to you in time after work as he works in east London.



    • Hi Jess,

      Thanks for this; we’d love you and your husband to join us. We specifically choose the early evening slot to help people working in London to come after work without it finishing too late to get home.

      We start with drinks and a snack and end with tea & cake, so there’s plenty of food – especially if coming straight from work…

      We live in Brentford, TW8 0PL.

      There is free street parking outside the house and if you are coming by train from London, then Brentford Station (from Waterloo) is the nearest to us, there are also a number of underground stations just a short bus ride away.

      Do look it up and if you have any questions, get in touch!

      I hope this works out for you; our next course is on Wednesday 15th June, 6.30-8pm.



    • You seem to be getting on rellay well with your girls! Looking for the eggs is the best thing…and they taste so much better too! Just remember that when they first start to lay eggs, they don’t have any yolks in them! You’ll learn as you go along!Best wishes!

      • Thanks for this, yes it is great going to see if there are new eggs in the nest box! The first eggs they lay do seem to be a bit smaller, but I’ve never found any without yolks…

  5. Dear Hen Corner
    I am interested in signing up for your chickens course on Wed 13 July if there is any availablilty.
    Kind Regards

    • Hi Darryll,

      We’d love to have you!
      Just click on the date you are interested in and it’ll take you straight through to the Omlet site that administrates the bookings.


  6. hi sarah, i’ve just found your site and am interested in keeping chickens. Before I book an evening course for me and my daughter can you tell me where you are as i’ll be coming from Streatham, and want to make sure we can get there in time. Thanks Flos

    • Hi,

      We’d love you to come. We are in Brentford, West London, not far from Brentford Station if you want to come by train (changing at Clapham Junction?).

      Hope this helps?


  7. I have 3 hens. Little chicks runinng around are not an option if you don’t have roosters. My girls are very low maintenance. I let them free range in a fenced in yard most days. They do not jump fence. Predators (and I am backed up to a forest) are not a problem, but I have proofed my run. The girls are low maintenance and fun to have and beneficial to my garden and yard. 1 buff orp. and 2 speckled sussex.

    • Thanks for this, it’s great to hear how you are getting on with your hens. We don’t have a rooster here, either. We had some fertile eggs posted to us and we’ve put them under a broody hen. She’ll do all she can to incubate, hatch and rear them as her own. Keep an eye on the new posts to find out how she gets on!

  8. Hello – how do I book a place on the Aug 22 course please? I am assuming that you live in Brentford, TW8 0PL.

    • Hi Laura,

      I’m really sorry, but we’ve postponed the course on 22nd August, however, we do have spaces on 8th August and our September Courses.

      I’ve just checked all the links to click through and book from http://hencorner.com/courses/urban-hens/

      I hope this helps and look forward to you joining us soon!

    • And yes, we’re in Brentford!

  9. Perfect, Thanks I have booked for the 8th and will escape my boring late meeting at work!

    • Fantastic!
      I’ll send you full details in the next few days…
      Looking forward to meeting you…

  10. Hi can I attend a couse in Sept?
    What is the best way to book?

    • Hi Cindy,

      Unfortunately, our last evening course in September was last week. It’s getting too dark to run evening sessions now.
      However, we do have a Saturday afternon course on 10th Nov. Families are welcome to this as well, but the course material is the same. http://hencorner.com/courses/family-chicken-keeping-course/

      I hope this helps?


  11. Hi, I’m loving your blog, we are getting chickens soon and me and my daughter would like to do a course, how old does my daughter have to be for the course?? Many thanks Toni

    • Hi Toni,

      Thanks for getting in touch, I’m really glad you like the blog…

      How old is your daughter?

      We run Family Feathers & Fun courses especially for families, however, if it’s an evening course that you are interested in you are welcome to come together just remember that we don’t include the children’s activities and craft on these occasions.

      I hope this helps?


  12. When we have our own garden and a house just outside the city, I’ll definitely be doing ALL your courses Sara!

    • Aw, Thanks Emma

      But as you know, you don’t need a house & garden for all of our activities…

      I know Bee Keepers in flats or canal boats and preserving jellies, jams and chutneys can be done in our kitchen!

      • You’re right Sara, although our tiny kitchen is full of honey 🙂 I’ll keep a look out for cooking with honey courses x

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