Happy, healthy hens

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Our Education team share an eggciting and eggucational activity that can be completed at home.

Dip into our Farmvention archive to give your children the opportunity to use their technology and engineering skills to design and make a prototype of an environment for 100 laying hens.

The challenge

A happy and healthy hen lays more eggs for the farmer. Can you design an environment for a flock of 100 laying hens?

To be happy and healthy the hens will need:

  • the right diet and access to fresh water

  • to be at the correct temperature – not too hot or cold

  • to have shelter from bad weather

  • to be protected from predators

    Time to do some research

    What do chickens need to be happy and healthy?

    Take a look at this PowerPoint created by the NFU Education team and the Association for Science Education – click here to download.

    Think about how you could present your findings: maybe a video, a poster or your own PowerPoint presentation.

    Try a mini project

    Before you go on to design your whole environment for the hens, why not have a go at a mini Design Technology project using recycled materials you can find around the house? For instructions how to build a model food dispenser or a hen hydration station click here.

    Inspiration station

    Struggling to get going? Here are just some of the ideas that we've seen in our previous Farmvention competition. 

    Glascote Academy built their environment out of Lego and also investigated which materials would be best for a building that would keep the chickens warm.Farmvention Happy Hens ideas_72894

    Oscar used his KNEX and other items from around the house to build his mobile chicken shed.Farmvention Happy Hens ideas_72896Emily built her design on Minecraft and then took screen shots to create a poster presentation.Farmvention Happy Hens ideas_72895

    We'd love to see your ideas and designs. You can send them to, and if you enjoy this activity, check out the current Farmvention challenges over at

    Last edited: 08 December 2021 at 16:43

    Have your say

    Julie Harper - 07/04/2020 17:00:42

    This is wonderful. My children are teenagers now but are very conscious of the meat we buy especially my son who's going on to study to do veterinary biochemistry. His mantra by less but better quality and from here. So do this for younger children making them more aware of where food comes from how its reared is amazing. Thankyou for all of the raising awareness you do and all our amazing farmers who work so hard. X

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