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(Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)   So I want some fresh eggs....let's go to Rent The Chicken   (triblive.com) divider line 6
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2014-06-11 01:51:22 PM
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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 01:47:52 PM
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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 03:22:21 PM
1 votes:
I tried to do it but the coupon the chicken gave me was expired
2014-06-11 02:59:24 PM
1 votes:

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 02:44:38 PM
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2014-06-11 02:30:47 PM
1 votes:
Tickling with a feather is kinky; using the whole chicken is perverse.
 
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