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2014-06-11 12:59:11 PM

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2014-06-11 01:47:52 PM
FTFA: "Rental fees are $350 for six months, and birds that die for any reason other than neglect are replaced. The couple said the pair of hens will produce from eight to 14 eggs a week."

Roasting doesn't fall under neglect. Unlimited chicken dinners for under $60 per month? Sign me up!
 
2014-06-11 01:49:55 PM
Keep renting that chicken!
 
2014-06-11 01:51:10 PM
This must be some kind of yolk.
 
2014-06-11 01:51:22 PM
Or you could just buy your eggs from local chicken farmers specializing in heirloom breeds.  There are quite a few around here, they sell their eggs at the farmers market every Saturday morning or you can stop by their farms.
 
2014-06-11 01:51:22 PM
Isn't that... prostitution?

I mean... to *some* people.
 
2014-06-11 01:58:28 PM
They've made $21000.00 off this idea so far. Damn!
 
2014-06-11 01:58:30 PM

uncleacid: This must be some kind of yolk.


No. You actually have to shell out $350.
 
2014-06-11 01:59:18 PM
What is the chicken's name?
 
2014-06-11 02:01:50 PM

special20: Isn't that... prostitution?

I mean... to *some* people.


files.sharenator.com
 
2014-06-11 02:05:20 PM

special20: Isn't that... prostitution?

I mean... to *some* people.

 
2014-06-11 02:06:29 PM

kdawg7736: special20: Isn't that... prostitution?

I mean... to *some* people.


Sorry, meant to hit preview button, but this guy can see it that way...

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2014-06-11 02:10:24 PM
Neo-cons are going to want to get the insurance package.
 
2014-06-11 02:11:47 PM

Betep: What is the chicken's name?


His name was Colin.
 
2014-06-11 02:12:49 PM
Why buy the chicken when you can get the eggs nearly free?

Having smelled chicken shiat, I will be getting my eggs the old-fashioned way, from an air-conditioned shelf at the local store in a recycled carton that is useful for arts and crafts of all kinds.

Phewie, that's some sinus-clearing stuff. If God had wanted us to eat free-range local organic eggs, he surely would have made chicken shiat smell like deep-fried chicken. And it lingers. A chicken coop that hasn't been used in 50 years will smell almost as bad as one still in use.

No wonder New York City has laws against keeping giraffes, hippos and other exotic animals in your apartment. Besides the animal cruelty aspect of living in New York City, of course.
 
2014-06-11 02:22:01 PM
Why not just go get your own chickens? If you have to do all the other work like getting a coop, letting chickens in/out, feeding and all the other crap, why wouldn't you just shell out the few more dollars and have your own?
 
2014-06-11 02:24:59 PM
$350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94.  $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs.  $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.
 
2014-06-11 02:30:47 PM
Tickling with a feather is kinky; using the whole chicken is perverse.
 
2014-06-11 02:38:29 PM

valkore: FTFA: "Rental fees are $350 for six months, and birds that die for any reason other than neglect are replaced. The couple said the pair of hens will produce from eight to 14 eggs a week."

Roasting doesn't fall under neglect. Unlimited chicken dinners for under $60 per month? Sign me up!


i think killing the bird yourself or having someone else do it probably falls under neglect.
 
2014-06-11 02:39:58 PM
Laying hens run about $8-10 apiece, and 100 lbs of feed will cost about $35. Small coops can be purchased for $200 or less. So they are offering 24 dozen fresh eggs for $350, and you do the work...

Just buy the system. At the end of the season, eat the chickens, or find somebody who wants them. Paying $175 for temporary use of a hen is silly. (Make what you will of that last sentence, but the message is still the same.)
 
2014-06-11 02:41:36 PM

Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94.  $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs.  $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.


Eggs that cost $1.94 taste NOTHING like eggs from a free-range chicken. It's not all about toxins.
 
2014-06-11 02:44:02 PM

Cold_Sassy: If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.


Eggs from the breeds of chickens they are using are leaps and bounds better than even the most expensive grocery store organic free range options.  They cook better, bake better and taste better.  It's not all about the OMG TOXINS.  Ever try one of your great grandmothers recipes and wonder why it didn't come out as described on the index card?  Try some heirloom farm fresh eggs the next time.
 
2014-06-11 02:44:38 PM
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2014-06-11 02:49:11 PM
100lbs of chicken feed would last like a year for two chickens...  and 350 bucks for 6 months seems like a lot
 
2014-06-11 02:50:16 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-06-11 02:53:18 PM
Quick!  Someone alert the RNC!
 
2014-06-11 02:59:24 PM

Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94. $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs. $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.


They're just taking advantage of folks who don't know better or just want to have a 'farm' without having to do any work for it.   I don't have a problem with it.  If they can convince people to give them $350 for a couple of chickens, more power to them but you can keep backyard chickens for a whole lot less.  To duplicate their setup, all you need is:

A couple of laying hens :$20
100# of 16% laying pellets: $23
Components to build the coop: $15 (maybe less if you've got access to scrap lumber).

As far as the other stuff, a heated water bowl?  Why?  You've only got the birds during the laying season.  A food tray?  Again, why?  Any old bowl will work just fine.  I suppose part of the allure might be that come winter, you just send them back and don't have to make accommodations for cold weather.

If you've got the place, you can get a lot out of a small flock of chickens.  I've got a flock of 10 hens that provide about 3 dozen eggs a week.  In the winter, I put a light in the coop so there's not really a drop in production.  They've got a pen that lets some free range feeding occur so I don't have to spend as much on food - and they provide me with some fantastic fertilizer for the garden in the spring.

 
2014-06-11 03:00:22 PM

Tom_Slick: Cold_Sassy: If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.

Eggs from the breeds of chickens they are using are leaps and bounds better than even the most expensive grocery store organic free range options.  They cook better, bake better and taste better.  It's not all about the OMG TOXINS.  Ever try one of your great grandmothers recipes and wonder why it didn't come out as described on the index card?  Try some heirloom farm fresh eggs the next time.


The article was the one who pointed out the OMG Toxins, not me.  I don't doubt that family-farm raised eggs are superior, but you'd better love eggs or you'll be wasting a bunch of $$ on "rent-a-chicken."
 
2014-06-11 03:02:37 PM

JustGetItRight: Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94. $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs. $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

They're just taking advantage of folks who don't know better or just want to have a 'farm' without having to do any work for it.   I don't have a problem with it.  If they can convince people to give them $350 for a couple of chickens, more power to them but you can keep backyard chickens for a whole lot less.  To duplicate their setup, all you need is:

A couple of laying hens :$20
100# of 16% laying pellets: $23
Components to build the coop: $15 (maybe less if you've got access to scrap lumber).

As far as the other stuff, a heated water bowl?  Why?  You've only got the birds during the laying season.  A food tray?  Again, why?  Any old bowl will work just fine.  I suppose part of the allure might be that come winter, you just send them back and don't have to make accommodations for cold weather.

If you've got the place, you can get a lot out of a small flock of chickens.  I've got a flock of 10 hens that provide about 3 dozen eggs a week.  In the winter, I put a light in the coop so there's not really a drop in production.  They've got a pen that lets some free range feeding occur so I don't have to spend as much on food - and they provide me with some fantastic fertilizer for the garden in the spring.


Yes, would be more my speed.  Thanks for spelling it out.
 
2014-06-11 03:04:08 PM
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One whole chicken, just like you said.
 
2014-06-11 03:07:14 PM

JustGetItRight: I've got a flock of 10 hens that provide about 3 dozen eggs a week.


What in cholesterol's name do you do with 3 dozen eggs a week?
 
2014-06-11 03:08:45 PM

Cold_Sassy: Tom_Slick: Cold_Sassy: If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.

Eggs from the breeds of chickens they are using are leaps and bounds better than even the most expensive grocery store organic free range options.  They cook better, bake better and taste better.  It's not all about the OMG TOXINS.  Ever try one of your great grandmothers recipes and wonder why it didn't come out as described on the index card?  Try some heirloom farm fresh eggs the next time.

The article was the one who pointed out the OMG Toxins, not me.  I don't doubt that family-farm raised eggs are superior, but you'd better love eggs or you'll be wasting a bunch of $$ on "rent-a-chicken."


Sometimes I forget most people just don't know how crappy grocery store eggs are and see the backyard chicken thing as an alarmist hipster fad. I was fortunate my Grandmother had backyard chickens since the war and every visit to her house was a visit to egg nirvana.
 
2014-06-11 03:22:21 PM
I tried to do it but the coupon the chicken gave me was expired
 
2014-06-11 03:36:42 PM

teh g04t: [img3.wikia.nocookie.net image 320x160]


You win.

The Bowler: "Who would rent a chicken?"
 
2014-06-11 03:37:30 PM

Headso: 100lbs of chicken feed would last like a year for two chickens...  and 350 bucks for 6 months seems like a lot


I tried to do the math, and came up with $1 per egg (counting only the chicken rent, not coops or feed or any of that).

/they told me there would be no chicken math.
 
2014-06-11 03:43:14 PM

Bermuda59: I tried to do it but the coupon the chicken gave me was expired


Oh, for -- please bring a new keyboard for me to the 06/21 Fark party, thank you very much.

/and thank you for not adding the usual photo of him and the chicken fighting.
 
2014-06-11 04:00:37 PM
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2014-06-11 04:07:18 PM

beezeltown: Laying hens run about $8-10 apiece, and 100 lbs of feed will cost about $35. Small coops can be purchased for $200 or less. So they are offering 24 dozen fresh eggs for $350, and you do the work...

Just buy the system. At the end of the season, eat the chickens, or find somebody who wants them. Paying $175 for temporary use of a hen is silly. (Make what you will of that last sentence, but the message is still the same.)


I don't think you want a laying hen at the end of its laying cycle. The meat would be so tough it would shoot across the kitchen when you stuck a fork in it.
 
2014-06-11 04:14:59 PM

mdeesnuts: What in cholesterol's name do you do with 3 dozen eggs a week?


Supply my mom, my dad & stepmom, my mother in law, my sister in law, and when I've got extra (which is often), a couple of family friends.

I am something like the egg version of the government cheese supplier.

/The eggs often return in the form of cakes, pies, and other goodies prepared by far better cooks than me and my wife.
 
2014-06-11 04:22:10 PM
They also fertilize your yard for six months.

They also help control insects in the summer months.

You don't have to take care of them in the winter when laying decreases and you have to keep them warm.

You may not want invest in the energy and attachment that comes with keeping chickens for years, even when they no longer lay.

It's great for kids to learn about.

For the most part, if you feel like doing it... $350 is reasonable for all the crap you don't have to do!

IT'S A farkING GREAT IDEA AND I HOPE THEM THE BEST!


/i have a side business selling "A" frame coops and I sell them for $550 to $700 bucks.

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2014-06-11 04:26:10 PM

solokumba: They also fertilize your yard for six months.

They also help control insects in the summer months.

You don't have to take care of them in the winter when laying decreases and you have to keep them warm.

You may not want invest in the energy and attachment that comes with keeping chickens for years, even when they no longer lay.

It's great for kids to learn about.

For the most part, if you feel like doing it... $350 is reasonable for all the crap you don't have to do!

IT'S A farkING GREAT IDEA AND I HOPE THEM THE BEST!


/i have a side business selling "A" frame coops and I sell them for $550 to $700 bucks.

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That is a very nice set up you make.
 
2014-06-11 04:36:39 PM

WTFDYW: solokumba: They also fertilize your yard for six months.

That is a very nice set up you make.



You can house 8 chickens nicely, but around here people can only keep 4. ... and NO COCKS!
 
2014-06-11 04:56:48 PM

Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94.  $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs.  $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.


I get local eggs from free-roaming chicken for under $4.00 a dozen. Usually, the dozen is a mix from different types of chicken.
 
2014-06-11 04:58:06 PM

solokumba: WTFDYW: solokumba: They also fertilize your yard for six months.

That is a very nice set up you make.


You can house 8 chickens nicely, but around here people can only keep 4. ... and NO COCKS!


And you definitely want 4 cocks.
 
2014-06-11 06:07:42 PM
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C'mon, Farkers!
 
2014-06-11 07:36:52 PM

mrmaster: Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94.  $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs.  $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

If you're worried about unknown toxins in your food, you're going to have to buy everything from your local farmers, not just eggs.

Eggs that cost $1.94 taste NOTHING like eggs from a free-range chicken. It's not all about toxins.


I pay $1.50 a dozen for free range eggs fresh AT the farm.
 
2014-06-11 09:18:59 PM

JustGetItRight: Cold_Sassy: $350.00 divided by 24 weeks = $14.58 a week for 6 months for roughly a dozen eggs per week.

Average price for a dozen eggs today is $1.94. $1.94 x 24 weeks = $46.56 total for that six months worth of eggs. $300.00 plus for having the pleasure of a chicken coop in your yard, I guess.

They're just taking advantage of folks who don't know better or just want to have a 'farm' without having to do any work for it.   I don't have a problem with it.  If they can convince people to give them $350 for a couple of chickens, more power to them but you can keep backyard chickens for a whole lot less.  To duplicate their setup, all you need is:

A couple of laying hens :$20
100# of 16% laying pellets: $23
Components to build the coop: $15 (maybe less if you've got access to scrap lumber).

As far as the other stuff, a heated water bowl?  Why?  You've only got the birds during the laying season.  A food tray?  Again, why?  Any old bowl will work just fine.  I suppose part of the allure might be that come winter, you just send them back and don't have to make accommodations for cold weather.

If you've got the place, you can get a lot out of a small flock of chickens.  I've got a flock of 10 hens that provide about 3 dozen eggs a week.  In the winter, I put a light in the coop so there's not really a drop in production.  They've got a pen that lets some free range feeding occur so I don't have to spend as much on food - and they provide me with some fantastic fertilizer for the garden in the spring.


or if you don't feel like dealing with the chickens in the winter, kill them, make some soup and just buy your eggs from the farm directly for a couple months. The chickens are the cheapest part of the whole thing prob.
 
2014-06-12 01:39:41 AM
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2014-06-12 11:28:47 AM
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