Some friends of ours started raising chickens because they wanted to have some farm-fresh eggs. But they fell in love with keeping chickens in the process. Each hen had her very own unique personality, and their son loved not only taking care of them but playing with them too. When we visited, my kids loved to feed and pet them.
As the pandemic continues, more and more people are interested in keeping chickens of their own, in large part for the fresh eggs. But raising chickens is hard work, and it can be a big investment.
So how do you know if it’s for you? Some creative companies now rent chickens, and it’s the perfect way to determine if hen-ownership is right for you.
How to Rent Backyard Chickens
First things first: check with your local village, town, or city. Some have rules about backyard chicken ownership. (Our own town, unfortunately, doesn’t allow residents to keep chickens… but some individuals are trying to change that).
Sometimes towns will allow hens but not roosters. (Even if you’re not allowed roosters though, hens will still lay eggs.) Other times they may restrict how many hens residents are allowed at one time.
If there’s no ordinance saying you can’t, it’s time to learn more about how to raise a flock of backyard chickens! Resources like “Raising Chickens 101: How to Get Started” are full of great tips and tricks.
Another way to familiarize yourself with raising chickens is to talk to others who have chickens of their own. They’ll give you the down and dirty about what it’s truly like day in and day out.
Still not 100% positive its for you but can’t stop thinking about it? Rent some chickens! Seriously. This is a thing. And the concept is pretty awesome. After all, raising chickens can be an investment, not only of time but also resources. But chicken rental companies can help you take the guesswork out of the process of getting started.
Take Rent the Chicken for example. They’ll get you started with hens and give you all the supplies you need. Those supplies include a portable coop, feed, water and food dishes, and an instruction manual.
If at the end of the rental period you decide it’s not for you, no worries. They’ll take the hens and remaining supplies back. But if you fall in love with the chickens and love the new hobby? Then you can officially adopt the hens, and you’ll have some new backyard chickens (and eggs) to love.
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