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.

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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.



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