Thinking about adding a chicken coop to your backyard, but worried about the amount of work and not quite ready to commit? Well, lucky for you, a number of farms are offering families the opportunity to rent chickens and test them out for a few weeks or months before jumping into full-time chicken raising. These programs allow interested families to take a flock for a test drive before they commit to investing in all the equipment needed for the long-term care of poultry.
If you’re thinking about going the renting route, call around to local farms to see if they have renting options available. A lot of farms will offer full-service rental options, so they’ll drop off a couple of chickens, a coop, water and food bowls, and all of the food you’ll need for a predetermined amount of time for a flat fee. Cackle Hatchery is thinking about offering this as a package for those that are local to our Lebanon Missouri hatchery location.
Rental rates vary, but introductory packages typically include two hens and a moveable coop. Based on the research we’ve done into this new relatively new phenomenon, you can expect to pay around $150 per month to rent your mini flock.
Renting is a great option if you’re not sure how the chickens will interfere with your day-to-day life, how they’ll interact with your kids, and how much fun they’ll be to observe. But we’re pretty confident that once you try it out, you’ll love having the chickens around! In any case, this is a great way to familiarize yourself with chickens before you get your very own flock.
Stay tuned for more updates from the Cackle Coop!