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Poultry and Pets => The Hen House => Topic started by: Subversive_plot on June 08, 2021, 13:36

Title: Rent-a-chicken?
Post by: Subversive_plot on June 08, 2021, 13:36
This is not a story about me, but I thought some might find it interesting (certainly one way to make money from laying hens!). This is all in the USA, for what it's worth.

My sister and my brother-in-law live in the suburbs of the city of Indianapolis. Brother-in-law has always wanted to try raising chickens for eggs. But how to try it if you are unsure if raising chickens is for you?  Easy: rent a chicken!

They paid a fee (way more than I thought was reasonable, enough to buy grocery eggs for 2 years, but what the heck; hobby, right?) For that, they rented a coop, an enclosure for their back yard, and two hens (not sure about feed). Also a little how-to advice.  They seem to be enjoying it (my sister and brother-in-law that is; to my knowledge, the hens have not registered an opinion).

Anyone else heard of something like this?
Title: Re: Rent-a-chicken?
Post by: GraciesGran on June 10, 2021, 07:06
I think that's a brilliant idea, wish they did it with kids!

In all seriousness I'd like to keep chickens and if that was offered to me I'd give it a go.  A worthwhile way of finding out if something is right for you before you make a huge financial commitment.  Did a similar thing with a cherry tree when my kids were young.
Title: Re: Rent-a-chicken?
Post by: Trian chick on June 24, 2021, 14:18
Easier way would be to find someone who has hens and offer to look after them while they were away. Husband was asked to look after a neighbour's hens.......and now we have our own.