Over the last several years, people have become more and more interested in where their food comes from. How were the chickens that laid their eggs treated? What was sprayed on their salad? What did the cow that became their steak dinner eat? Many are voting with their dollars at the grocery store by buying organic or pasture-raised. Some are taking it even further by filling their backyards with gardens and even backyard chickens.
However, with the rising popularity of backyard chickens, many have raised concerns. And, even though some of those concerns are mere scare tactics, I can’t deny that some are real problems. So, when I learned that you can now actually rent backyard chickens, I had to know more.
Rent The Chicken is a chicken rental company that has grown to over 30 locations across the US and Canada. Getting started is simple. Check to see if there is a Rent The Chicken affiliate in your area. Once you find your affiliate, pay a deposit via Paypal or phone and a delivery date will be set! Then, just wait for your chickens and everything that they need to arrive!
If you are considering getting a few girls to provide you with farm-fresh eggs this spring, here are a few reasons you should check out Rent The Chicken first.
It’s good for the chickens!
While we all have the best of intentions, sometimes things don’t go as planned. Sadly, there has been an increasing number of chickens released to fend for themselves or taken to animal shelters. Sometimes people don’t realize that hens well outlive their laying years and the cost of feed continues even when the eggs stop. Sometimes people move. Sometimes they simply figure out that keeping chickens is just not for them. Renting chickens before you make a long term commitment allows you to give backyard chicken keeping a try. And, if you “chicken out,” Rent The Chicken will come pick up your chickens and return them to the farm.
Even if you absolutely love your chickens, stuff happens! Skills that were common a few generations ago, aren’t so common anymore. If your chicken gets sick or attacked by a predator or you simply have a question about proper care, Rent The Chicken is there to help! Just give them a call. If the care required is beyond your comfort level, a Rent The Chicken affiliate can return your chicken to the farm and nurse her back to health.
It’s good for you!
You don’t have to worry about your eggs being involved in one of the many recalls you see on your newsfeed. Knowing exactly what your chickens eat and how they are treated gives you peace of mind, and eggs from healthy, happy backyard chickens have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs.
Chickens have a way of drawing you outside! Whether you’re sitting on the back porch watching your chickens scratch in the grass or chasing that one rogue hen back to the coop, you’ll benefit from the sunshine and fresh air!
You’ll discover very quickly that chickens all have their own personalities and can be quite amusing! You more than likely will get so attached that you won’t want to send them back at the end of your rental. Don’t worry. Rent The Chicken offers adoptions at the end of your rental period!
The price of eggs, as well as all of our groceries, has fluctuated a lot the last few years. Whether it be due to government regulations, shortages, or diseases plaguing large producers, you know exactly what your eggs cost.
Even with all of it’s advantages, renting backyard chickens may not be for you. But, it may be just what one of your friends is looking for. Could you please pass this along to them? Who knows? You may get some farm fresh eggs out of the deal! 😉
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