City dwellers thinking about getting a backyard chicken coop may want to Rent The Chicken first.Rent The Chicken was founded by Phil and Jenn Tompkins of Freeport, Pennsylvania in 2013.
Rent The Chicken provides 2 to 4 laying hens, a coop, food and water dishes and food for a five to six month rental.
Tompkins says their goal is to help people have just one food source closer to the table.Instead of "farm to table", this is "yard to table".It is estimated that two chickens will lay 8 to 14 eggs a week and they have designs to work in a smaller yard.The coops are on wheels to make cleanup easy.Those that like the chickens can purchase them and the equipment.
The Tomkins' also expanded into the Hatch The Chicken in some areas of the country.That includes incubators, eggs, feed, dishes, heat sources and brooder box.Once they hatch and start growing the chicks will be returned to the farm.
Rent The Chicken operates in various locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, Wisconsin and at a number of locations in Canada.
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