Spring is here, the sun is shining, and hens are clucking in backyards across the GTA, thanks to these rental services. Whose hens rule the roost? Which eggs are freshest? You decide.
We put two farm-fresh businesses to the test to find out why renting a backyard chicken is all the rage
Mike Craig (pictured) and Mary-Kate Gilberston; 2011
We had our own backyard chickens and our friends wanted to try it, too. So we thought we could make it really easy by supporting people
who wanted to have backyard chickens.
$349, three hens for two weeks
That’s a good question. I’d have to say the egg.
My favourites are Kale, Chrysanthemum, Glee, Bokchoy, Sparkle Princess, Splash and Guelphy. We’ve got a two-week starter kit, and some
people extend it to four or five weeks. It’s the experience of having an urban farm and connecting with where your food comes from.
We looked into goats, but they just eat all your shrubs, jump around and escape. We were look
ing into sheep to cut grass but haven’t done it.
Owner(s); year established:
How did you get into the chicken-renting
What came first? The chicken or the egg?
Funniest hen names:
How long do clients
keep hens for?
Apart from eggs, why do people rent hens?
Have you been asked to rent other animals?
Harry (pictured) and Silvia Stoddart; 2013
We noticed an interest in backyard chickens and thought there might be a need for a rental service with a full helpline so people can experience raising hens without the long-term commitment. $375, two hens for May-October
For our renters, the chickens come first, and the eggs come the next day!
My favourites are Miss Henny Penny, Henrietta, Egberta, Breakfast, Omelette and Scrambled.
Six months is the standard rental period, from early May to late October.
For the experience of caring for part of their food chain and the companionship.
Goats seem to be the next big thing — all those cute goat videos. But I have a feeling most goat rentals won’t last more than a day or two.
BACKYARD BOK BOKS VS. RENT THE CHICKEN