Rental chickens are entrance home to roost

July 4, 2016 - garden totes

CHICAGO — Kelin Petersen knew she wanted a chicken.

The Logan Park mom of 3 had confided in her best friend, also an suitor of a feathery barnyard bird. She’d tracked down a good book on duck caring and review it to her kids, who had responded enthusiastically. But it wasn’t until a infrequent review with a farm-savvy crony during church that Mrs. Petersen finally saw a transparent trail to her goal.

“You can lease chickens, we know,” her crony said. “We don’t have adequate land to do it, though we could totally do it.”

Determined to eat local, live green, or only do something a tiny different, Chicagoans such as Mrs. Petersen are increasingly renting egg-laying hens for a summer. The internal black of no-commitment chickens, Kellie Burke of Urban Chicken Rentals in Wauconda, Ill., pronounced she’s renting hens to 11 families in a city and a suburbs this season, adult from about 4 in 2014. Pennsylvania-based Rent a Chicken has one internal renter, in Oak Park, and rents thousands of chickens nationwide, according to co-founder Jenn “Homestead Jenn” Tompkins.

Another inhabitant provider with internal suppliers, Rent-a-Chicken, has 6 Chicagoland customers.

“It’s shining for us, in a deteriorate of life,” pronounced Mrs. Petersen, who is renting 3 hens from Ms. Burke, including a white Easter Egger that lays immature eggs.

“We only wish to know if we can hoop chickens someday, though we’re not prepared to entirely commit. We live in a city; we have kids that are young. we adore animals, though we wasn’t prepared to go fully, 100 percent, into owning chickens.”

No-commitment chickens come during a time when Americans are increasingly bend to let as a approach to save income and revoke confusion and waste. We’re renting toys from Pley, wardrobe from Le Tote, even caskets from suppliers such as Chicago Cremation Supplies.

We’re also seeking out locally constructed foods, for both their season and their reduced environmental impact.

“(Chicken rental) appeals to a people who garden, and support farmers markets, and send their kids to Montessori schools,” Ms. Burke said. You can know accurately where your hen is, what she eats, and when she laid her egg.

Chicken let costs roughly $110 a month and typically includes dual or 3 chickens, feed, dishes, bedding, and a stout timber and handle coop, as good as email, phone, or content support. Petersen pronounced her husband, Carl, who works during an internet selling agency, has distributed that they’re profitable about $1 per egg. But for that, she said, we get a party value of backyard chickens and a season of uninformed eggs.

“To me, it’s a some-more healthy approach of living,” she said. “I adore uninformed herbs. we adore uninformed tomatoes. With eggs, we do trust there’s a disproportion (in taste). It’s like a uninformed herb. You know when we get an herb from a store, and it’s a tiny watered down? This is fresher.”

On a downside, chickens furnish a lot of droppings, renters say, so we might have to do some hosing or raking if we let a birds ramble a yard. And there is a tiny possibility your feathered guest will be pounded by a fox or raccoon. Urban Chicken Rentals and Rent a Chicken offer giveaway deputy chickens; Rent-a-Chicken offers replacements for a fee.

Michael Marchi, 39, of Old Irving Park, pronounced he and his girlfriend, Stephanie Tomakowski, recently changed to a residence with a vast hiss patch and room to prove his undone middle farmer. Initially, they only joked about duck rental. But Lucy and Ethel, a dual chickens they rented from Rent-a-Chicken in May, won them over with their uninformed eggs and comical antics.

“(Chickens) are hilarious, and we conclude what they do,” pronounced Mr. Marchi, who built a fine roosting hire from ladders and is creation duck paths in his hiss patch to promote healthy fertilizing. “They purify adult all a grubs, reap a bit of a weed down.”

On a new weekday morning, Mrs. Petersen’s let hens, one white, one red, one an intricately striped black-and-white, pecked for grubs in her fenced-in yard, where Mrs. Petersen’s son Emmett, 6, perched on a low branch. Owen, 2, called out, “Chicks! Chicks!” as he fed a birds from bags labeled “Happy Hen Treats” and “Mealworm Frenzy.” Audrey, 4, managed to fit herself inside a shelter with during slightest one hermit and one chicken.

“They adore it. They possess it,” pronounced Mrs. Petersen, who has reserved any child a duck to take caring of. “They purify adult a poop with a hose; it’s a good daily duty for them. And anticipating a eggs! You’d consider they’d laid those eggs themselves, they’re so unapproachable of them.”

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