About Us

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 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 unless Homestead Julie or Homestead Brad answers! 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. Food. Fun!
Without further ado... here are the farmers and homesteaders who form Rent The Chicken!

United States Locations:

Marana, Arizona - Homestead Linda and her family serve the greater Tucson and Phoenix Areas. Homestead Linda and Greg moved their family to Arizona in the summer of 2013. They've always been interested in bringing their food sources closer to their dinner table through some level of farming. Gardening and keeping livestock have been a part of their family for many years. Both fun and rewarding endeavors, they joined the Rent The Chicken Family to help spread this idea. In the Summer of 2023, Homestead Greg lost his cancer battle. Homestead Linda and her children continue on as they love hearing stories from people about how they discovered these same principles!

Agua Dulce, California - Homestead Victoria serves the Greater Los Angeles Area with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken from her farm, Lively Little Farm. Lively Little Farm’s mission is to connect people with their food, their community, and the land we share by bringing small-scale agriculture into homes and neighborhoods. Homestead Victoria started with a small flock of three hens in her suburban backyard in Redwood City, CA, but soon her farm dreams and her family outgrew the space. In 2022 she and her family purchased a small, 2.5 acre, farm in Agua Dulce, a small town in northern Los Angeles County. Later that year, Lively Little Farm became an affiliate of Rent the Chicken and Hatch the Chicken. Homestead Victoria looks forward to supporting customers with her firsthand experience keeping backyard chickens and sharing the joy they bring.

Greeley, CO - Homestead Sean and his team are proud to expand their reach to include Fort Collins, Boulder, and Greeley in addition to Denver, Cheyenne, and the surrounding areas with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. They are operating from Blooming Health Farms where they grow food and grow people. As a 501c3 nonprofit hydroponic and chicken farm in Northern Colorado, they help justice-involved individuals find purpose, gain skills, and improve well being through the pwoer of proven and innovative farming practices. They work primarily with at-risk youth aged 15-24, providing them with opportunities to learn agricultural entrepreneurship and become valued contributors to their communities. That's why they are thrilled to offer Rent The Chicken to Greeley, Fort Collins, Boulder, & Denver and Hatch The Chicken Greeley, Fort Collins, Boulder, & Denver to as an extension of their farm. Fun fact: Homestead Sean's favorite chicken breed is the Buckeye because of their excellent mousing abilities. (Some chickens are better at catching mice than cats!)

Wallingford, CT - Homestead Ida & Farmer Joe with their family are serving the Connecticut with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken as well as Westchester County, Manhattan, and Long Island, New York. Farmer Joe and Homestead Ida are taking their family farm to a whole new level, and they're doing it with a lot of love and care. Continuing as fourth-generation farmers, they serve their beloved Connecticut with greenhouses, vegetable fields, flowers, goats, and their beloved chickens. Farmer Joe and Homestead Ida cultivate their land and raise their sons while running their farm stand, Farmer Joe's Gardens. They've even taken their farm to the national level—in 2016, they were awarded the National Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year! Their enthusiasm for egg-cellent food doesn't end there—since 2011, they've been hosting chicken workshops to educate their community on the joys of farm-fresh eggs and chicken-keeping. And now, they are so excited to be part of Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken! What an egg-traordinary journey they have been on!

Commerce, GA - Homestead Andrew, Heather, and EJ are egg-cited to service Rent The Chicken to Atlanta, Athens, and Northeast GA as well as Hatch The Chicken to Atlanta, Athens, and Northeast GA. They started White Nova Farms (www.whitenovafarms.com) to share their love of suburban homesteading with others. They began their backyard flock with 2 ducks in 2019, and now raise chickens, ducks, and a goose. Andrew spends his time gardening and growing vegetables year round via hydroponics, Heather loves building things such as chicken coops, handmade furniture and crafts, and EJ loves all things animal related. They love all of the ways that homesteading can enrich your life through food, knowledge and appreciation of nature's resources. They look forward to sharing their love of chickens with you soon!

Haslett, Michigan - Homestead Heather & Mike with their sons Garrett & Hayden provide Rent The Chicken to Ann Arbor, Detroit Metro, Grand Rapids, Lansing and, Mid-Michigan. They also provide Hatch The Chicken to Ann Arbor, Detroit Metro, Grand Rapids, Lansing and, Mid-Michigan. Mike is a GM electrician out of Bay City. He keeps the farm and chickens in “lights and gadgets”. Heather works as Financial Secretary for a local Union and she maintains the records for the farm. Hayden (12 years) is the woodworker and chicken social activity caretaker. Garrett (13 years) is the marketing guy and baby chick care taker. The family works together making coops and deliveries. When a friend suggested joining the Rent The chicken family, Heather pitched the idea to Mike. He said “Babe, you got to do this, you're already halfway there!” Being a chicken lover her whole life Heather feels at home with the flock and helping new families and children fall in love with chickens. Mike is learning to “wing it” teaching children about the Hatch The Chicken program and building coops for new customers. Their farm “Woods to Lake Rentals” is home to dogs, cats, ducks, turkeys and of course chickens! They are very Egg-cited to welcome everyone to the Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken family!

Cassopolis, Michigan - Homestead Susan & Rob are serving Michiana, Chicago and the surrounding areas. They are proud parents of four and grandparents to five. Their wonderful family also consists of rabbits, turkeys, ducks, two dogs and a cat! They relocated almost 13 years ago due to employment and at the same time gained an opportunity to start living a more sustainable lifestyle that they have always desired. Much to their surprise, they quickly found that their addition of chickens provided a greater asset to them. Their chickens provide a stress reliever to their careers with Rob being in municipal Safety and Risk and Susan in medical management. They are egg-cited to bring their love of chickens to others. Since they have had so much joy with chickens, they are excited to join Rent the Chicken to bring joy to other families and to help others work towards a sustainable lifestyle. They truly enjoy seeing inter city kids as they discover chickens and taking care of them.


Kansas City, MO - Homestead Nina is now serving Kansas City with Hatch The Chicken. More details to come.


Wright City, MO - Homestead Pat & Gina are now serving St Louis with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. More details to come.


Blair, Nebraska - Homestead Patrick & Sara are serving Omaha, NE and surrounding areas. Together with their son Lucas, they traded in their contemporary city home for life on an acreage. They are servicing all of Nebraska and Eastern Iowa with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. Homestead Sara and Patrick formed The Church Life LLC under which they breed and sell chickens and eggs. They currently share their acreage with more than 200 feathered friends including chicken and peafowl. Their flock has been National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) certified by the US Department of Agriculture. They look forward to sharing their chicken love with the Omaha, NE- Council Bluffs, IA surrounding area!

Goffstown, NH - Homestead Christine & Brian and their family are serving Southeastern New Hampshire as well as Boston, Mass and surrounding areas from Templeton Family Organics, LLC farm located on the historic farmstead of Kennedy Hill Farm. On their farm, they pasture raise organic and non-gmo pigs, turkeys, and chickens while they offer a variety of delicious organic honey, maple syrup, and more. Templeton Family Organics, LLC offers a variety of high quality meats for individuals, families, and businesses. Homestead Christine & Brian are egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to their local communities of Manchester, Concord, Boston, North Shore, and beyond.


Farmingdale, NJ - Homestead Christian and Antastasia are now serving Northern New Jersey with Hatch The Chicken. The Romano Family's budding homestead started with four chicks hatched in a high school roughly four years ago. Homestead Christian is a special education teacher and when he saw those chicks hatching in the classroom, he knew they were coming home with him! Long story short, Homestead Anastasia, although a little reluctant at the start, now loves the chickens debatably more than Christian, as their flock has grown to twenty five and surging, providing the most delicious eggs, meaningful experiences for their children, the best composting for the garden, and a greater awareness of just where our food comes from and how to raise and grow it better! The family has has been blessed with this journey, are excited to see where it goes, and are ready to introduce others to the unique and wonderful world of chickens!


Shamong, New Jersey - Homestead Jack, Katie, and their two young boys are servicing Central & Southern New Jersey with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. They also offer Rent The Chicken to Long Island! As parents they are very passionate about teaching their children where their food comes from, through lessons on the farm and in the surrounding woods of the Pine Barrens. Homestead Katie, as a Biology and Environmental Science educator, strives to also spread the word about sustainable, healthy food to other families. The family has been raising their own chickens for 14+ years. On their new farm, Morgan Farms, in Shamong, NJ they also raise pastured pigs, turkeys and chickens. They sell fresh eggs and offer pastured raised pork, turkey, and chicken at Red Top Farm Market. The market is in Southampton, NJ and has been owned by Katie's family for 90+ years. They are very excited to be able to share their love of backyard chickens with their customers and community.

Palermo, New York - Homestead Tara and husband Bear serve the Greater Central New York, Finger Lakes, Rochester, and from Cortland to Watertown area with Rent The Chicken from their farm, Woodland Cottage Farm and Studio. Woodland Cottage’s mission is to connect people with their food and work with landrace chickens from Livestock Conservancy of threatened list and production chickens. Homestead Tara and Bear started with a small flock of six hens in their urban backyard in Syracuse, NY. Soon their farm dreams came true when a 20 acre reforested quarry property came on the market in the snow belt. In 2014, they purchased the property in Palermo, thirty minutes north of Syracuse. The next year, Icelandic chickens came home to their farm. Eight years later, Woodland Cottage became an affiliate of Rent the Chicken. Homestead Tara looks forward to supporting customers with her firsthand experience hatching, keeping backyard chickens, and sharing the joy they bring.

Hastings, New York - Homestead Lisa and Steve are serving the Greater Rochester Area, and Central New York with Hatch The Chicken. They are egg-cited for their 6th season with Rent the Chicken and providing an educational and fun experience to the young and old alike. Homestead Lisa and Steve have lived in the Central New York area all their lives and are happy to be retired from corporate and county jobs. Homestead Steve was a volunteer firefighter for 30 plus years. They have two grown children and three grandchildren. Homestead Lisa is known as the Egg Lady to her numerous egg customers and the "Chicken Lady" ever since she was featured in local magazines. Look for them at various Central New York events including the Syracuse Winter Fair, local farmer's markets, and the Herkimer County Fair.

Franklinton, North Carolina - Homestead Todd and Joni, along with their daughter, Rebekah, serve the greater Raleigh/Durham area from their 11-acre farm in Franklinton, NC. They raise chickens, guineas, goats, cows, and have numerous cats on their farm. They grow American Elderberries on their farm and run a non-profit food ministry, Sowing Seeds NC, Inc. Their goal is to become as self sufficient as possible, using the land and resources God has given them. Homestead Joni has always enjoyed the farming life. She was regularly found in her neighbor's fields when growing up, helping him with his planting and harvesting. Homestead Todd enjoys hard work and keeps the farm going. Their daughter, Rebekah, loves living on a farm. She especially loves the cats who keep the rodent population in check on the farm. She is a scout working towards her Eagle rank. They are all excited to show others how living the farm life can be rewarding and just how fun and simple raising chickens for eggs can be!

Lodi, Ohio - Homestead Steve and Cindy are now serving Northeast Ohio to include Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Mansfield, and all areas in between! They created Earth Song Farm about 15 years ago as a working, visible model of sustainable and holistic living to inspire the young people of tomorrow. It is multi-faceted. Cindy is an artist, herbalist, Tai-Chi instructor and author of a new book called "Simply Natural". Homestead Steve and Cindy are also building a 3 acre adventure playground on their farm - Discovery Park Ohio. Life is full of magic and raising farm animals brings a connection to the earth.


Xenia, Ohio -Homestead Bill & Debbie serve Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Eaton Ohio and the surrounding areas. While enjoying time with their three children and seven grandchildren, their grandchildren enjoy time with the chickens! Their oldest granddaughter went to Grandpa one day and asked if they could raise chickens. Grandpa thought, why not, so they went to purchase six baby chicks that day! The following weeks, they made a coop and small run for the new addition to their family. Those six chicks have grown to over 250 chickens! So they now have 4 coops (baby chicks up to 4 months, young pullets starting to lay, 1st year layers, and older hens), a 4,800 sq foot run and five acres to free range! Homestead Bill is a general contractor by trade and enjoys building rental coops for the renters in the Greater Dayton area. Homestead Debbie has recently retired! They are egg-cited to meet their customers and share the joy of backyard chickens. Since joining the Rent the Chicken family in the Fall of 2014, they have had a fun time sharing the joys of raising chickens with family and individuals that would not otherwise have this opportunity. Bill attends many community meetings to try to educate people on the facts and myths in having backyard chickens & learn where and how their food sources comes from. If they aren't working or enjoying their family, they can be found hunting, fishing, camping, or traveling anywhere. They are egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken as an extension of their farm. “I get to meet so many great people through my business. It’s gratifying to see the renter’s excitement and their faces when we deliver the chickens! We enjoy sharing the joy of keeping chickens not only for the eggs but as fun pets too!"

Jefferson, Oregon - Homestead David and Fay provide Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken between Portland and Springfield, Oregon as well as Vancouver, Washington. They left the city with their dog, Jade, to enjoy the country and live a more self-sustaining lifestyle. With the purchase of their farm in Jefferson, the couple inherited ~30 chickens of varying breeds and a pair of peafowl. Homestead David has experience caring for chickens; during his childhood he often helped his parents and grandparents tend to their flocks. For Homestead Fay, raising chickens has been a completely new and delightful experience. As a life-long dog-lover, she quickly learned that chickens also bring much joy to the farm with their amusing antics and unique personalities. Their flock has quickly doubled as they both enjoy hatching and raising chicks. Homestead Fay works remotely in the information technology industry, and Homestead David works for a local chain of farm stores. In their spare time they enjoy gardening, wine tasting and spending time with their family and farm animals. They look forward to providing Hatch The Chicken to Portland / Vancouver and Eugene / Salem / Springfield as well as Rent The Chicken to Portland / Vancouver and Eugene / Salem / Springfield!

Albion, Pennsylvania - Homestead Isaac & Michelle are providing Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to the western corner of Pennsylvania. They are the 4th generation to live on the family homestead “Mutton but Beef Farms” where they raise beef cows, sheep, a handful of goats, and of course, chickens. They are passionate about educating people on how important farmers are to their daily lives, and are excited to share the experience of raising animals with others through Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. When they aren’t working on their farm they stay busy with their 4 children and volunteering with their local Agricultural fair, The Albion Area Fair.

Liverpool, Pennsylvania - Homestead Chris with his family serve Central Pennsylvania and the Greater Philadelphia Area from their 18 acre Pollyanna Farms in Liverpool, PA. Pollyanna Farms' name rights come from a dance hall that was used during prohibition. Their household includes three children, Chris' mom, and a pile of pups round out the farm crew! Homestead Chris was injured in a work related accident in 2017. To God be the glory that he's made quite the recovery! Their chickens are provided with fresh pasture every morning to give a variety of vegetation and insects. Their donkeys provide protection to the flock. All of their animals are out in the sunshine all day with opportunities to go under shelter as needed. Since joining the Rent the Chicken family in the Spring of 2015, they have had a fun time sharing the joys of raising chickens with family and individuals that would not have this opportunity other wise. Over the Summer of 2015, they also provided two hens on Broadway with Penn and Teller!

Freeport, Pennsylvania - Homestead Jenn & Phil are the co-founders of Rent The Chicken. It started as a way to earn supplemental income and is now full time employment for both stretching across the United States and Canada. They are blessed to be connected with many hard working individuals that make Rent The Chicken successful. In their spare time, they enjoy motorcycling, canoeing, camping, and spending time with their older kitty, Givi and their new kitty, Henry (because he's not a hen... he's a Henry!). They've been Foster Parents previously and are very connected to their former foster kiddo, Gabriel who owns their hearts. They are very involved with their local church, being on the worship team (Homestead Phil plays the trombone and bass guitar but not at the same time!), and being involved with the community. Homestead Jenn has a blog about all things on their homestead: Rent The Chicken's Homestead Jenn - Family. Food. Fun!. Homestead Jenn is an Intermittent Faster as of September of 2019 and a runner as of August of 2020 participating in multiple half marathons and other races since - no one is even chasing her! She added triathlon to her list of hobbies finishing her first Ironman 70.3 in 2023! Homestead Phil enjoys chatting on his HAM Radio talking all over the world without a telephone! Seeing the smiles on their renters faces is what they look forward to when making deliveries for Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken.

Lascassas, TN - Homestead RayLee and Bubba are serving Middle Tennessee. Their farm is located in a small Tennessee town of Lascassas. They have three children and three grandchildren who they enjoy spending time with. If they aren't with their family or on the farm, they can be found hunting, fishing, kayaking, camping, and horse riding! They are egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken as an extension of their farm.


Sealy, TX - Homestead Darleen & Breynon are serving Houston with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. Homestead Darleen has been all things chickens for the past two years and acquired her own set Summer of 2023. They are mini farm owners with their horse, dogs, and chickens. They love all things outdoors and love to help others with their dreams of land and farming!


Uhland, Texas - Homestead Deric and Amy with their two daughters, Isla and Raelyn, are serving Central Texas and Austin with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken They have been raising chickens for over 10 years even in neighborhoods before it was allowed (unknowingly). Homestead Deric and Amy always had a goal of owning enough land to raise children and chickens on without worrying about if they had enough space, or the worry of others trying to stop them. It has always been important to them that their girls know where their food comes from and how to take care of themselves. Besides loving chickens, Homestead Deric loves to garden and do anything with plants. Homestead Amy is a teacher at heart and spent many years in the public school system before deciding to homeschool her girls and work with a hybrid homeschool program. For years now they have wanted to be able to use their family of chickens to help others learn about the wonderful aspects of raising them. They are excited to offer both Hatch The Chicken and Rent The Chicken and look forward to meeting you! They also offer Rent The Chicken to DFW Metro and Houston as well as Hatch The Chicken to DFW Metro and Houston.

Greensboro, VT - Homestead Warren and his mom Laura are providing Rent The Chicken to St Johnsbury, Northeastern Vermont, and Burlington. They are are excited to share their love of chickens with you. Warren raises chickens and sells eggs on the family homestead along with his sisters and parents. Together as a family they own and operate Hillcrest Nursery and Landscaping business. In his free time Warren enjoys riding his dirt bike, hiking with his golden Molly, survival camping and skiing in the winter.

Catlett, VA - Homestead Shannon and Homestead Larry are now serving Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington DC Area including the Maryland subburbs with Hatch The Chicken through The Abundance Farm. Their girls have been laying to sell-out crowds from their "Egg-Sell-Seer Hotel" honor stand at their farm for years. Their chickens are living their best life - eating well, getting plenty of fresh air, sunshine, AND lots of love! They have teamed up with Rent The Chicken so you can love and care for hens as much as they do. While the eggs are great - chickens are just FUN! If you've never watched chickens "play football" with a grape, get ready to laugh a lot! As for hatching, those who have the experience of hatching baby chicks can tell you that it's a memory you'll treasure for years to come! If you'd like to return your chicks to the farm in person, you'll get to harvest and keep a dozen eggs, feed our whole flock of about 250 hens, do a chicken scavenger hunt, and introduce your little guys to their new home. The Abundance Farm makes up 137 acres of beautiful farmland to provide guests with farm-fresh produce, a chance to reconnct with nature, and the opportunity to learn a few things along the way. And now, with Rent The Chicken, they are delighted to offer the same kind of rewarding experience in your own backyard!


Manassas, VA - Homestead Glenda & Homestead Kate are now serving Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington DC Area including the Maryland subburbs with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken through their farm: Tis No Yolk. Their love of poultry started in 1998 when they began raising chickens and turkeys as 4H projects and ultimately income. Homestead Kate's pet turkey helps protect their flock from predators along with George the pig! They have teamed up with Rent The Chicken so you can love and care for hens as much as they do. While the eggs are great - chickens are just FUN! As for hatching, those who have the experience of hatching baby chicks can tell you that it's a memory you'll treasure for years! They believe farm-fresh eggs are an experience that can be available even in urban areas and would love to share their experiences with you.


Canada Locations:

Bridesville, British Columbia - Homestead Ashley and Tristan are proudly serving The Boundary, Penticton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, the Lower Mainland and the surrounding areas. Homestead Ashley and Tristan are thrilled to continue offering Rent The Chicken to British Columbians after their parents Homestead Marie and Ron retired. Homestead Ashley and Tristan live on a beef, pig, and goat ranch in Bridesville BC. They are active in the Midway Fire and Rescue, the local ranching community, as well as 4-H BC. They are proud to be part of developing and supporting their generation of farmers and producers. Homestead Ashley and Tristan are excited to provide Rent The Chicken, which creates opportunities for people to connect with their food sources and learn about farming.

Kamloops, British Columbia - Homestead Patti provides Hatch The Chicken to Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, and beyond! Her and her husband, Len, live west of Kamloops in Savona BC, where they raise chickens, sell eggs, composting worms, broiler chickens, laying hens and turkeys from their family farm. They enjoy raising sheep and have enjoyed been involved with 4-H BC and their daughters many projects. Patti works part time at Cache Creek Veterinary Clinic. They are proud to be part of developing and supporting the next generation of farmers and producers. Homestead Patti is excited about Rent The Chicken as a natural extension of their farm, providing opportunities for people to connect with their food sources.

Victoria, British Columbia - Homestead Kate and Mike serve Victoria and the surrounding areas. Homestead Kate started Bees Please Farms as a way to help people in the city get to enjoy mini farms on their own properties. She grew up in Greater Vancouver and by no means was a farm girl, but as soon as she bought a house with her husband and started food gardening she was hooked. Homestead Kate rents out chickens as an affiliate of Rent the Chicken, and also rents out bees throughout the city. "I get to meet so many great people through my business. People want to feel that connection to where their food comes from. They also want to do what they can to support the environment. I help them do this and it couldn't make me happier." Place your $100 deposit today and don't miss out on your own chicken rental! Homestead Kate sells out every year so don't delay!

Rockwood, Ontario - Homestead Berty & Doug with their family serve the GTA and South-Central Ontario! They are a family of six with two dogs living just north of Milton, Ontario. With Homestead Berty growing up in Amsterdam and Homestead Doug growing up on a vegetable farm, neither one had been up close to a chicken until way into their 30s! One day, their daughter was given chicks and since then they were hooked. In their opinion, chickens are the funniest and most therapeutic animals on this planet! Just sit with or watch a chicken and all will be calm! On top of that, they provide the most delicious eggs every day! Homestead Berty is so happy that she has the opportunity to share all of this with other people through Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. She is looking forward to meeting you!