Need Temporary Chickens? Rent-a-Hen Has You Covered
Ah, the sound of happy clucking in the backyard, the pleasure of seeing chickens sun themselves in the garden, and the joy of knowing that your soil is being thoroughly worked over by one of the best natural bug control systems on Earth. Backyard chickens are just great, aren't they?! Well, yes andPosted — Updated
What's the advantage for you? Well, you get chickens during the peak gardening months, when the sun is warm and you'll want a chicken tractor to turn over the soil, pick out bugs and slugs, and brighten up the yard, of course. Furthermore, your hens are around for their peak production season; they lay the most eggs in spring and summer, tapering off in fall and winter when the days start to get short. You won't have to deal with feeding and housing nonproductive hens in the winter, when they'll require extra care and a warm, snuggly coop to protect them from the elements.
If you lose chickens to natural predation or illness, the rent-a-chicken service will replace them. Should you decide that you're madly in love with your rental, they're happy to offer an option to buy. And when your hens eventually age beyond the point of being able to produce eggs, the service will put them out to pasture. (A polite way of saying that they'll probably be slaughtered and processed, sorry.)
This approach to backyard chickens is totally fantastic. It gives people who are thinking about chickens a chance to check them out, for starters, without the burdens of ownership. Rather than taking on chickens, later realizing they're too much, and struggling to come up with a new home for them, people can return their chickens at the end of the rental period or request an early pickup. For people who know that chickens would be too much, having rental chickens allows them to have their hens without the hardship, which is great news for everybody.