Games & Hobbies
#400: How to Enjoy the Benefits of Chickens Without Owning Them [Phil and Jen Tompkins]
In this episode of the Vegetable Gardening show, Mike chats with Phil and Jenn Tompkins of Rent the Chicken about how you can enjoy all of the wonderful benefits of chickens without actually owning any chickens.
With a background in entrepreneurship and I.T., Phil and Jenn decided to launch a business completely different than anything the have ever done before. They wanted to rent chickens to people who wanted the benefits of chickens, such as eggs or fresh manure for the garden, but did not want the hassle of chicken onwership.
Phil and Jenn are going to come on tell us their story, how Rent the Chicken got started, the struggles they face to get the business rolling, and how a 15 year old high school student helped launched what is now their affiliate program.
They will tell us exactly how renting chickens works, what you need to know before you give them a call, and of course, some basic chicken tips so you don't feel overwhelmed when the young hens arrive.
This and so much more on this episode of The Vegetable Gardening Show!
✅ Thought of Raising Backyard Chickens?
✅ Why "Rent The Chicken"?
✅ How does renting chickens work?
✅ How many chickens will you get?
✅ Is renting chickens available in your area?
Rent The Chicken is a rapidly growing chicken rental service. Homestead Phil & Jenn are the co-founders of Rent The Chicken which was founded in 2013. What started as a part-time avenue as supplemental income has grown to have more than 45 farmers and homesteaders in the United States and Canada offering Rent The Chicken as an extension of their farm. Rent The Chicken is more than just a bunch of farmer and homesteaders building chicken coops and delivering chickens. Homestead Phil & Jenn are both committed to Rent The Chicken as their full-time employment. When you call, text, or email to Rent The Chicken, either Homestead Phil or Jenn will answer. We as Rent The Chicken as a whole are dedicated to being your chicken friends, helping to change local jurisdictions to allow backyard hens, and bringing one step of sustainable agriculture through fresh eggs closer to your table. In all of this, Homestead Jenn has started a blog about life on their homestead called Rent The Chicken's Homestead Jenn - Family.
Every Spring, thousands of chickens are sold at local farm supply stores. Often these chickens die before they are ready to start laying eggs (16-30 weeks). Children quickly realize that chicks are not as fun as the Xbox and parents find out that chickens can not be house broken! The costs quickly start becoming more and more, then chickens are "sent to the farm". Other people think about chickens but think they don't have the space, worry about regulations, or just don't know what they need. Do you build or buy a coop? Do you buy peeps? How do you raise an egg laying hen if you buy a peep? Did someone tell you about a heat lamp? It can all be overwhelming and we take the guess work out of all of the questions by offering a portable coop, the food & supplies, and the egg laying hens!
We provide all of the supplies you need with the rental: portable chicken coop, two or four egg laying hens, 100-200 pounds of feed (optional non-GMO or Organic feed available), food & water dishes as well as instructions on how to keep your chickens happy! Within two days of the arrival, your chickens will lay eggs ready to use! These eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs. Your Rent The Chickens should lay 8-14 or 16-28 eggs per week depending on your Rental Package. You will know exactly what your chickens eat!
We schedule a date to bring to your home a portable coop, two or four chickens that are already laying eggs, and the supplies needed for your rental period. Chickens produce the most eggs when daylight is at peak. Towards the end of the Rental Period, if you realize that you were born to raise backyard chickens, adopting the chickens and all of their supplies is an option! Otherwise, we will schedule a date towards the end of your Rental to stop by and pick up the rented chickens, coop and supplies. As soon as the start of the Rental Period comes back around, we schedule a time to bring your chickens back to you and provide you with another season of rental.
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