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Published On: Thu, Aug 27th, 2015

More over uber, the trend is ‘Chickens for rent’

Move over ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft as renting chickens is the latest trend in the “share economy” in urban settings.

Start-ups are offering hens, coops and even feed for multi-month contracts and are available in a wide-range of cities.

photo wattpublishing www.WATTAgNet.com. via Flickr

photo wattpublishing www.WATTAgNet.com. via Flickr

Even before the Avian Flu wiped out 10% of U.S. production, there was an increase in “chicken rental” due to the popularity of the yard-to-table lifestyle.

Customers can rent daily egg-laying chickens and a coop for 4-6 months, as well as 100 pounds of feed, enough to last the 4 month period.

Rentals fill the desire of “knowing where my food comes from”, without the hassle of a long term investment, or the 6 months it takes for a chicken to mature to egg-laying age.

The Rent a Chicken service, along with others like it, provide means to daily backyard eggs, however the cost is almost 3 times higher than regular store-bought. This premium price is apparently worth it, “just to know where breakfast came from.”

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photo normanack via Flickr

photo normanack via Flickr

 

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  1. Homestead Phil says:

    Hey! Thanks for sharing! By spring we will have more than 25 locations throughout the United States and Canada! Check our website out for more details or join our facebook group http://www.facebook.com/RentTheChicken and Twitter @RentTheChicken as well as Instagram /RentTheChicken

    – Homestead Phil

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