If you've been mulling over the pros and cons of raising backyard chickens but still aren't sure if farm life is for you, a Pennsylvania service will let you try before you buy — all accessories included.
During peak egg production (May through November), Rent The Chicken will deliver a standard rental package right to your backyard that includes two laying hens, a fully assembled coop, enough food to last the season, and a "quick guide" to caring for your new flock.
At the end of the rental period, the company will come and pick everything up — so you don't have to worry about weatherizing the coop for winter.
Renting a couple of chickens for a few months could be good practice for potential homesteaders who want a little hands-on experience before investing in their own flock and equipment. If anything, it could help curb the unfortunate rise of unwanted chickens flooding animal shelters when wannabe farmers realize they're not cut out for the job. Of course, the plan isn't completely foolproof... what if a predator gets to your chickens? What if one of them gets sick?
Would you ever consider renting chickens on a trial basis?
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