Originally Posted by TalkALittle
The cool thing is that you don't have to rent year round. No overwintering, no dealing with frozen water, no snowy runs, no feeding hens that are in a molt, no worries about culling old birds. It sounds like a nice option for those that want to dabble in chicken keeping without the commitment, want to teach their kids about caring for animals, want to feel as though they are more connected to where their food comes from; or live in urban areas where there are strict limits on maximum number of birds.
I don't think it is cost effective if you calculate the cost per egg, but that isn't everyone's motivation when it comes to chicken keeping. It seems these companies have found a niche market. As long as that's all they are exploiting, I'm okay with it.
I agree, it's an interesting niche, and could work very well if executed properly,
with both a renter and a rentee with integrity, common sense and a strong sense of responsibility.
But...I've seen folks running these deals picking up chickens from all over to go with their tiny coops.
The lack of experience and knowledge on both sides,
while looking for profit on one side and instant gratification of fad desire on the other,
could make for an ugly situation for the birds involved.
Tho IMO responsibility does not include making a food animal just 'go away' so easily when you're 'done' with it,
but it could avert some one from making the mistake by taking on an a long term endeavor that they really don't want to deal with.
You know me, always considering the worst case scenario aspect of a situation.
Edited by aart - 10/27/15 at 4:30am