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Rent The (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 25, 2023 12:56 AM
       Rent The (by hubba hubba [CA]) Jan 25, 2023 1:01 AM
       Rent The (by Richard [MI]) Jan 25, 2023 4:46 AM
       Rent The (by MC [PA]) Jan 25, 2023 6:14 AM
       Rent The (by DJ [VA]) Jan 25, 2023 7:24 AM
       Rent The (by Vee [OH]) Jan 25, 2023 8:22 AM
       Rent The (by S i d [MO]) Jan 25, 2023 8:55 AM
       Rent The (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 25, 2023 9:03 AM
       Rent The (by Busy [WI]) Jan 25, 2023 9:15 AM
       Rent The (by John... [MI]) Jan 25, 2023 9:24 AM
       Rent The (by John... [MI]) Jan 25, 2023 9:26 AM
       Rent The (by S i d [MO]) Jan 25, 2023 10:03 AM
       Rent The (by RB [TN]) Jan 25, 2023 10:06 AM
       Rent The (by Wilma [PA]) Jan 25, 2023 11:33 AM
       Rent The (by mike [CA]) Jan 25, 2023 11:41 AM
       Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Jan 25, 2023 12:19 PM
       Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Jan 25, 2023 12:28 PM
       Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Jan 25, 2023 12:56 PM
       Rent The (by Rick [IN]) Jan 25, 2023 1:40 PM
       Rent The (by MikeA [TX]) Jan 25, 2023 1:47 PM
       Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Jan 25, 2023 2:00 PM
       Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Jan 25, 2023 2:30 PM
       Rent The (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Jan 25, 2023 4:24 PM
       Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Jan 25, 2023 9:14 PM
       Rent The (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 25, 2023 9:16 PM
       Rent The (by Ken [NY]) Jan 25, 2023 10:12 PM
       Rent The (by Deanna [TX]) Jan 26, 2023 10:26 AM
       Rent The (by Barb [MO]) Jan 26, 2023 11:19 AM
       Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Jan 26, 2023 11:45 AM
       Rent The (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Jan 26, 2023 11:58 AM
       Rent The (by John... [MI]) Jan 26, 2023 2:54 PM

Rent The (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 12:56 AM

My lease is clear: no farm animals including chickens except on land zoned for agriculture.

My city council voted to allow max 6 chickens, no roosters in town.

A few trends have come together:

1. Younger folks want to know where their food comes from -their backyard.

2. Current egg shortages and prices.

3. Work from home / new hobbies / trendy / green

Along comes an entreprenuer with

For $495 (Indiana price for a 6 month lease) they will deliver 2 laying hens, set up a hutch and fenced area, 100 pounds of chicken feed. Expect 8-14 eggs per week.

Any takers?


Rent The (by hubba hubba [CA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 1:01 AM

Six month lease seems about right. By then they will be tired of owning chickens. Its a fad.

Rent The (by Richard [MI]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 4:46 AM

At that price, I'll pass.

Rent The (by MC [PA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 6:14 AM

I can only imagine the lease agreement..

The chicken thing was popular about 8 years ago as well..

Rent The (by DJ [VA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 7:24 AM

Those are some expensive eggs!!

Rent The (by Vee [OH]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 8:22 AM

I am banking that chicken rights activists will be clucking in Halloween costumes around US towns very soon, get in the costume business.

Rent The (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 8:55 AM

I ran the math on it, assuming an average 11 eggs per week was the total... not the number laid per bird.

11 eggs * 26 weeks = 286 eggs. $495 / 286 eggs = $1.73 per egg... not per dozen. Even if the 11 eggs is per bird, that's still $0.86 per egg or $10.38 per dozen. About double the cost of store bought eggs.

We're not factoring in the labor to care for the chickens and harvest/wash the eggs.

Sounds about right for the average Gen Z mindset: find the most expensive way to do something (Grubhub, Uber Eats) and then demand it as a human right.

Since the chickens are rented, will there be a security deposit?


Rent The (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:03 AM

This is actually a Pa based business - not that far from me, that also sells marketing rights in specific areas. So if you are looking to add some ahhhhhhhh chicken scratch to your bottom line you could.

The extra money wouldn't be anything to "crow" about.

Rent The (by Busy [WI]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:15 AM

Regenerative Farming meets Food Forest. For the sake of our soil.

Rent The (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:24 AM

Sid and others: I think some of you are missing the point of this. It isn't about saving money over store-bought eggs. The site itself pushes it as something for kids to do instead of playing Xbox. 4-H has been doing this sort of thing for youth for years and isn't available anywhere.

I feel like some of you should be all over this idea. Usually everyone here is talking about how kids today don't do outdoor things and sit around on their phones all day. Now some company comes out with something to help kids raise chickens and you complain about "Gen Z mindset" instead??

Sheesh. Some people just want to be angry or disappointed about everything, I guess.

Rent The (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:26 AM

Typo: I meant to say that 4-H isn't available "everywhere".

Rent The (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 10:03 AM

John.... relax. It's a joke. The comment about needing a security deposit was the intended giveaway "punch line" / "this is a haha moment." I guess I need to be more obvious and bracket everything in (joke) (/end joke) tags... or we seriously (not joking) need a sarcasm font on this forum.

Now, joking aside (I am being 100% serious starting now to the end of the post)... I'm not opposed to the idea as you present it. However, there was nothing in Brad's post to indicate this was in any way being advocated as an alterative to kids playing X-box. It does specifically say people wanted it for "fresh" eggs and to avoid supply chain issues. Context matters, and there was zero such context until you brought it up. I analyzed it based on the provided context. But thank you for bringing up another context. All I'd ask is keep in mind that I'm not responsible to add every conceivable context to a post: I'm free to react / comment on the original post, as is, where is.

If someone wants to rent chickens for kids and/or adult activity and possibly to acquire backyard fresh eggs, then go for it.


Rent The (by RB [TN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 10:06 AM

Why did the chicken roll in the mud

and then cross the road twice ?

She was a dirty double crosser.

Rent The (by Wilma [PA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 11:33 AM

Hey, I like chickens, especially the happy contented sounds of hens. But I don't like mucking out after them, protecting them from predators, finding someone to care for them so I can go away. So no hens here, and like Brad(20,000), it would depend on the zoning, HOA, etc.

RB(TN)- Why did the chicken cross the playground?

To get to the other slide! --96.245.xx.xx

Rent The (by mike [CA]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 11:41 AM

chickens are great, they eat EVERYTHING you toss 'em, including old egg shells. if you let 'em roam around they'll eat the bugs in the garden right off the plants. their poop is hot so it needs to go into the compost for a LONG time, but it is super duper fertilizer. on the downside they're SOB's. a pecking order is real. i had 8 on a ranch in santa barbara many years ago and i was distressed by the way they all ganged up on the littlest one so bad that i moved him to his own coop. they had pecked him bald. it wasn't 15 minutes before they all discussed it amongst themselves and picked new "low man" on the pecking order. unless the tenant wants their chicken to be indoor chickens i think i'd let 'em have them. i would retain egg rights though. --75.80.xx.xx

Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 12:19 PM

My granddaughter just turned 2. When she puts on her little farm boots and grabs my hand, I know it's time to feed the chickens and collect eggs.

Brad, if tenants keep the chickens penned and don't have roosters to bother neighbors, there is not a big downside for you. Charge extra deposit and/or extra rent. After they leave, you will have to do some lawn restoration.

Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 12:28 PM

P.S. Don't let them store chicken food inside the house.

Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 12:56 PM

Lots of chicken farms here in NJ and closer to me. I get Jumbo eggs. I love Jumbo eggs because they look like dinosaur eggs. They make me laugh. I pay $6 a dozen and eat two a day for breakfast and mostly skip lunch. Crappy store clerk decided they were too expensive to carry and got a cheapo factory farm brand that even my dogs won't eat. So I found another outlet and buy there and also get my milk, butter and other dairy from them. Not sure what the extra expense is now but when gas and fuel go up, everything goes up. I know there was a bird virus so that was an issue too. Mike CA thanks for helping the little chicken. I had some as pets as a child and one followed me around like a dog.

Rent The (by Rick [IN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 1:40 PM

Brad, this looks, uhm, "foul."

Rent The (by MikeA [TX]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 1:47 PM

Crazy people. If you want to go the route that it's to get the kids off the couch then every spring in every tractor supply or other farm store have chicks and ducklings for a couple dollars each, much more effective learning than buying a full grown chicken. My guess is that it' targeting people who don't want to feel guilty for getting rid of them in 6 months when the kids get bored or worse that they would kill and eat them. 4H is more about learning things other than farm life, it's also learning about commitment, humbleness by getting your hands dirty, and the realities of farm life and death. Having someone come set it all up for you and come take it away in 6 months doesn't really compare.

From the business side I see it. A certain percentage will become the family pet in the first 6 months and they will gladly pay $495 every 6 months thereafter so their babies don't go away.

Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 2:00 PM

CHICKEN EGG BULLETIN: Just watched a tik tok video from a back yard chicken owner. They got zero eggs after September and friends and acquaintenaces have not either. So they compared notes and found that they all use the same feed and are not getting eggs. One chicken would escape and go out to feed and she was still laying. So they changed the feed and let the chickens do some free ranging and the speaker showed where the one chicken just laid SEVEN EGGS. Which is highly unusual itself. So it looks like the eggs were almost maturing in the hen but not completely. This is my interpretation. Deer will be pregnant for almost the entire winter but the fetus does not finish maturing until the weather changes and warms and then it finishes maturing and is born. So either its some kind of feed with hormones or toxins in it or something about the weather that stopped the eggs from maturing to be laid. Any ideas?

Rent The (by Scott [IN]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 2:30 PM

Allym, chickens need at least 12 hours of light each day to lay. I have a light on a timer in the coop that turns on at 4 AM and turns off at 9 AM. Without the extra hours of light, they wouldn't be laying at this time of the year.

Rent The (by mapleaf18 [NY]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 4:24 PM

My former neighbor (rather lazy) went through a series of fads. Husband, wife and kid. They were always stand offish until they needed something. We live in a rural area so not too many people on our road.

They never maintained their back yard UNTIL they put the place up on the market. I saw them cleaning up the yard one day and thought to myself, they've GOT to be selling! Sure enough.

They went through some fads. chicken raising (lasted about a year). Bee keeping (lasted again about a year)

The new neighbor came by and wondered why there were so many bees at her hummingbird feeders (LOL).

I do plan to have a chicken coop myself this Spring due to semi retirement. I won't be using "rent a chicken" I will be looking for ads of previously enjoyed (clean) coops when others get tired of having chickens.

Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:14 PM

Glad to hear that it's just a light issue and not bad food.

Rent The (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 9:16 PM

2 laying hens--- they usually run $20-$25 each for a 12-week pullet. Hens start laying at 18-22 weeks (depending on light). Laying hens run between that and $35/ea.

50 lbs of layer feed runs about $20-$25/bag.

The chicken coop and enclosure is what really gets unpredictably pricey, depending on size/materials/etc. For chickens, you want about 4 sq ft of coop space per bird, and 8 sq ft of run space per bird. I have relatives who do pastured poultry; they use AlumiCoops. A 5x6 AlumiCoop runs a little shy of $2k. The local feed stores will sell commercial coops/enclosures for about $250-$1000. With the price of materials the way it is--- you probably would have difficulty doing a DIY build much more economically these days.

So, for $500, if you get $50-$70 worth of chickens, and $50 worth of food, and some sort of enclosure, plus the labor to deliver it/construct it--- I'm honestly surprised that it's not more. I would expect the profits would come from those who opt to renew for a second, third, and fourth six months--- but again, you run into the whole issue of supplementing daylight. In my part of the world, you get about 6 months of good laying season, and more if you're lucky. For Indiana--- I couldn't guess.

Rent The (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 25, 2023 10:12 PM

mapleleaf,if you want to raise from chicks you can get day old from tractor supply for a few bucks each right at the stores all spring and summer,state law requires you buy minimum of 6 at that age.When i was in high school i worked at an Agway and we took orders and chicks came in on a saturday and everyone picked them up that day and we must have had 1000 or more chicks come in each spring i worked there --74.77.xx.xx

Rent The (by Deanna [TX]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2023 10:26 AM

I was at the post office super-early yesterday morning, and someone had ordered mail-order chicks. Peep peep peep peep peep!

It was adorable. :)

Rent The (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2023 11:19 AM

Everyone I know gets their chicks from a place about 50 miles away.

If you decide to go on a tour, let me know! We'll do lunch!

Rent The (by Allym [NJ]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2023 11:45 AM

I saw some at a not too far farm store two years ago. They looked super mean. They were wild colored sort of and one always had it's head up while the others ate, staring at me like "if you move I will eat your hand". I would love some but too many dogs and cats now.

Rent The (by Oregon Woodsmoke [ID]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2023 11:58 AM

The trouble that I see with it is many tenants can't even take care of a dog or a tomato plant and I don't trust them to take care of chickens.

The last tenant who got permission to keep chickens as long as they kept them enclosed and provided the housing themselves, cut a hole in my garden shed and turned their chickens in there to live. Chicken poop is like concrete once it dries and it sticks to the floors and walls and it is difficult to get it cleaned off.

Rent The (by John... [MI]) Posted on: Jan 26, 2023 2:54 PM

Sid: I know the security deposit part was a joke, of course. I was referring to talking about how it wasn't a good deal based on the math per egg and the talk about the "average Gen Z mindset: find the most expensive way to do something (Grubhub, Uber Eats) and then demand it as a human right."

That didn't seem like part of the "joke" so much...

And, yes, I know that Brad's post didn't include any of the ACTUAL reason to do this besides trying to get cheaper eggs. That's why I actually went to the site and looked into it. It's fairly normal for people to post things here without most of the facts -- so I tend to look into them before I reply.

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