My husband and I are constantly debating… Should we live in the suburbs or in the country? I grew up in a small town with sidewalks and neighbors, while my husband grew up with corn fields and open sky. Both have their advantages, and for now we’re living in the suburbs, but the idea of having land with open space (and maybe an animal or two?) sounds really appealing.
With this in mind, I was excited to learn about a great new concept called Rent The Chicken! Maybe you recently saw one of the founders Homestead Jenn on Living Dayton? I had a chance to recently get to know Jenn and talk with her about this smart concept, and couldn’t wait to share the details with all of you!
Rent The Chicken is a great option for anyone, whether you dwell in the suburbs or the country, to enjoy having farm-fresh eggs daily without the commitment. They truly do all the work for you! Rent The Chicken works with local Dayton-area farmers to deliver two or four hens, a portable coop, feed (non-GMO and Organic options are available), food and water dishes, and instructions on how to keep your hens happy. And Rent The Chicken was started in Pennsylvania, so I love that it’s a Midwest-based organization!
Here are answers to some questions you may have about Rent The Chicken. (I know I was definitely curious, too!)
- How much space do I need? At least a 10′ x 20′ yard, which isn’t very big at all!
- Will the coop kill my grass? It’s on wheels, so it’s portable and can be moved daily. (This also helps the chicken get the feeling of being even more free-range. Yay!)
- Am I allowed to have chickens in my back yard if I live in the suburbs? Contact your city’s government office to find out what the local ordinance is in your town.
- Why can’t I just buy eggs at the grocery store? You can, but these eggs are so much healthier! Each contains 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat, and 2x more omega 3 fatty acids. And you know exactly what conditions they live in and what they’re fed.
- How many eggs can I expect to get from my hens? It depends on which rental package you choose. Generally, when renting two chickens, expect 8-14 eggs per week. With four chickens, expect 16-28 eggs per week.
- How long is the rental period? From April/May through October/November in 2015. Rentals conclude at the end of the season and resume again the following spring.
- Are they noisy? Nope. You’re thinking about roosters, and Rent The Chicken only rents egg-laying hens! (However, roosters are available upon request.) They’re quieter than a dog.
- Will my kids love them? YES!
- Can I adopt my chickens at the end of the rental period if I fall in love with them too? YES!!!
- How much does it cost? $400 for the standard rental package (two chickens), and $600 for the deluxe rental package (four chickens). Delivery in the Dayton area is free, as well as within 50 miles of Xenia. Click HERE for more info on their packages and pricing.
If you’ve used this service or currently raise hens for eggs, I’d love to hear about it!
Happy chicken renting! 🙂