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 Miranda answers! She's a new helper here at Rent The Chicken! 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 Greg and Linda and their family (pictured here with Homestead Phil of Pennsylvania) serve the greater Tucson and Phoenix Areas. Homestead Linda and Homestead Greg moved to Arizona in the summer of 2013 with their 3 children. 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. They love hearing stories from people about how they discovered these same principles!

Wallingford, CT - Homestead Ida & Farmer Joe with their family are serving the Connecticut from their their four-generation farm. Both are full-time farmers and are raising their sons on their family farm with greenhouses, vegetable fields, annuals, goats, and of course, their chickens. Farmer Joe grows vegetables and plants and builds and maintains the chicken coops. Homestead Ida connects with the community through their farm stand at Farmer Joe’s Gardens where they coordinate their Rent The Chicken operation in-between their CSA and gardening products. Farmer Joe and Homestead Ida were named the National Outstanding Young Farmers of the Year in 2016. They have been hosting chicken workshops since 2011 to introduce folks to the joy of farm fresh eggs and chicken-keeping 101. They are incredibly egg-cited about being part of Rent The Chicken.

Ringgold, GA - Homestead Katie and Tommy offer Rent The Chicken to Atlanta, Northwest Georgia, Southeastern TN / Chattanooga, and Knoxville. Homestead Katie grew up on small 80 acre hobby farm from birth and while her husband Tommy didn’t, he quickly learned to enjoy all the animals and what farm life offered. They recently just purchased their own mini farm where they now offer multiple breeds of chickens and turkeys. They also partner with Katie’s parents' farm, 4 Season's. Together they raise Lowline Belted Galloways and mini Panda cows. Chickens have always been a big part in their lives and they’re excited to share their chickens for the rentals and will never grow tired of chicken talk! Some other animals you may see on their farm are their five horses, pigs, and peacocks. When they’re not farming or chasing chickens, they enjoy spending time with their boys (their 3 dogs), fishing, and taking day trips to the mountains. They are egg-cited to be offering Rent The Chicken to their local community and beyond!

Indianapolis, Indiana - Homestead Randy & Monica have lived in Indianapolis for over 10 years and were ecstatic to be able to raise their four children in a more sustainable way. They can be found tending to their garden and preserving their harvest by canning or freezing but Monica has always wanted to do more. They started with a few chickens. After a few losses and A LOT of learning, they established their first flock. After this, the whole family fell in love with the urban homesteading concept and they soon expanded their flock. Now they operate as Plaid Cow Stables, LLC. They raise and process pastured chickens and turkeys for egg and meat production. They also raise Nigerian Dwarf Goats for milk production and Angora goats for fiber production. From he beginning, Homestead Randy & Monica have enjoyed sharing their harvest and experiences with family and friends. It was no surprise when they joined the Rent The Chicken Family as a way to share the love and understanding of raising backyard hens! They also offer Hatch The Chicken to Indianapolis and beyond!

Wichita, Kansas – Homestead Andrew and Julie are serving Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, and St Louis! They own their little farmstead outside of Wichita where they raise cows, broilers, ducks, as well as have a garden and orchard. Polly Hollow Farms specializes in providing fresh eggs, beef, and chicken to surrounding communities. Andrew moved to Wichita for his 9-to-5 day job but local farming remains one of his true passions. Prior to his move, Andrew operated his family farm in Missouri. Julie enjoys getting to know the personalities of her animals and helping renters find the joy in having backyard chickens. Homestead Andrew and Julie are egg-cited to have the opportunity to bring their enjoyment of chickens by teaming up with Rent The Chicken to the Wichita area first and now other regions as well. They are also hoping to expand in the future to raise heritage pullets and miniature nubians.

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, guineas, and ducks! They relocated almost nine and a half 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 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.

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. They also service Sioux City, IA and surrounding areas. Homestead Patrick grew up in Wyoming and spent summers working on his family's farm in central Nebraska. His dream job would be to be a farmer; however, life had other plans. Homestead Sara grew up shopping in downtown Chicago and has lived in a major city most of her life. After having their son in 2010, Homestead Pat never stopped looking for the right acreage to buy. He wanted to share his love of the land and nature with his son. Homestead Sara agreed as long as she could get chickens and peafowl and not live too far away from 24 hour shopping. Homestead Sara and Patrick formed The Church Life LLC under which they breed and sell chickens, eggs, essential oils and other homemade and natural products. They currently share their acreage with more than 150 feathered friends including chicken, peafowl, ducks, and turkey. 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 vegetables, honey, maple syrup, and more. Their pigs are also certified Animal Welfare Approved. Templeton Family Organics, LLC offers a variety of high quality meats, fruits, vegetables for individuals, families, and businesses. They LOVE visitors especially in the fall for seasonal pumpkins and gourds. Homestead Christine & Brian are egg-cited to now offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to their local communities of Manchester, Concord, Boston, North Shore, and beyond.

Southampton, New Jersey - Homestead Jack, Katie, and their two young boys are servicing all of 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 11+ 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.

Hastings, New York - Homestead Lisa and Steve are serving Upstate New York area including the Greater Rochester Area, the Finger Lakes Region, Central New York, Albany, and beyond. They have been married for over 3 decades and live on 21 acres of land that include some wetland with nesting Great Blue Herons. They enjoy watching the herons raise their families each year. In the last 30 plus years, they have had various pets including ducks, geese, rabbits, pheasants, quail, pigeons, dogs, cats, and a goat. Now they just a mixed flock of chickens and a Jack Russell Terrier. Steve and Lisa are both retired from long term jobs and are enjoying “retirement”. They enjoy spending time with their family including 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They are excited to be a part of Rent The Chicken. They love to see the renter’s faces when they deliver the chickens! They also enjoy sharing the joy of keeping chickens not only for the eggs but as fun pets too!

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, goats, rabbits, pigeons, and bees on their farm, McPhetridge Family Farms, LLC. They hope to soon add a few cows and pigs to their farm. 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 is in 4-H, where she has shown goats, rabbits, and will soon be showing chickens. 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!

Moorsville, North Carolina - Homestead Brian & Kelly together with their two children, Bryson and Briley serve Charlotte, North Carolina and surrounding areas. They own and operate Future Hope Farm, a no-till, no-spray, soil regenerating farm with chickens, cows, goats, turkeys, and ducks all guarded by Great Pyrenees Guardian Dogs. Their passion for farming began with hatching chickens in their home in a neighborhood over 10 years ago. They fell in love with the chickens and with collecting eggs every day, leading them to search for farmland. It took three years to find the right piece of land for their vision, but they now enjoy holistic farming, selling eggs, and practicing Bio-Dynamic gardening. Homestead Brian left the racing industry after more than 20 years to work on the farm with a big vision to build an education center, farm store, and rehabilitation center on the land. Homestead Kelly, who is a Functional Nutrition Practitioner and owner of IM Wellness, loves living the lifestyle that she teaches, and feels is the most important, obedient, sustainable lifestyle that she wants to inspire others to live. Together, their mission is to practice soil regeneration and pasture rotation, enhance the well-being of the community by producing living nutritious food, offer educational programs and events, as well as wellness coaching and retreats and now offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken!

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 10 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 125 chickens! So they now have 3 coops and a 4,800 sq foot run! 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 fiction 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!"

Liverpool, Pennsylvania - Homestead Chris & Kay with their 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! Homestead Kay gives back to their community as an EMT! Raising pastured pork and poultry maintains their farming goal of giving the animals the best possible life while they do the activities nature intended them to do. Their pigs spend the day rooting up the ground, playing in the wallows, and of course loving to roll in the mud! Their chickens are provided with fresh pasture every morning to give a variety of vegetation and insects. 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! As the future comes, they intend to offer meat sales, adding pasture raised turkeys, to help their community know where and how their food sources are raised.

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. On their homestead, they raise chickens, meat rabbits, and ducks (sometimes turkeys and meat chickens, too!). In their spare time, they enjoy motorcycling, canoeing, camping, and spending time with their kitty, Givi. As if life isn't busy enough, they are also Foster Parents! 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 new blog about all things on their homestead: Rent The Chicken's Homestead Jenn - Family. Food. Fun!. 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 two 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.

Centerville, Texas - Homestead Dez and Daniel are serving Dallas / Ft Worth, East Texas, and Houston with Rent The Chicken! They combined their separate cattle and chicken operations in 2018 when they married and formed Driftwood Meadows. Homestead Dez runs the poultry operations for the farm and oversees the production of pasture-raised chicken, eggs and turkey while Homestead Daniel coordinates the grass-fed beef cattle breeding and cow-calf operations. They bring to Rent The Chicken their promise to promote better land and animal management and provide real food to their family and community. Along with their two teenage protégés they will provide Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to Centerville / East Texas and communities up and down I-45 including the DFW metroplex and Houston.

Colchester, VT - Homestead Jillian & Sy are now serving Burlington and Northwestern Vermont with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. Despite working full time in the healthcare field, Homestead Jillian and Sy still make time to devote to their small backyard farm, which they consider a little piece of paradise. What started out as two rescued horses has grown to four rescued horses, rabbits, chickens, and ducks. While the chickens started out as pest control (for ticks!), they quickly became some of the favorite critters around the farm. Although Homestead Jillian does most of the farm chores, she couldn’t do it without Homestead Sy’s help - mostly his coop building! When they’re not at work or doing chores, they enjoy snowboarding in the winter, riding their motorcycles in warmer weather, and spending time with their two dogs, Ivy and Tulsi. The love of their dogs shine through with Homestead Jillian's Gone To the Dogs Photography and Ivy’s League Dog Camp and Training. They are egg-cited to share the experience of keeping backyard chickens through Rent The Chicken in Vermont!

Catlett, VA - Homestead Shannon and Homestead Larry are now serving Northern Virginia and the Greater Washington DC Area with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken through The Abundance Farm. Their girls have been laying to sell-out crows 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. White 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! 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 to your own backyard!

Ford, WA - Homestead Jackie and family are now serving the Spokane, WA area with Rent The Chicken and Hatch the Chicken. Their family has enjoyed raising chickens as a hobby, as well as for the eggs. After watching their kids thoroughly enjoy everything chicken, they are excited to spread the joy of both chickens and farm fresh eggs!

Canada Locations:
Kamloops, British Columbia - Homestead Ron (not pictured) and Marie are serving Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, the Lower Mainland and the surrounding areas where they operate a small family farm just outside of Kamloops. They raise lambs and broiler chickens for sale in the region. Active in 4-H, they are proud to be part of developing and supporting the next generation of farmers and producers. Ron and Marie are excited about Rent The Chicken as a natural extension of their farm, providing opportunities for people to connect with their food sources. They are now also offering Hatch The Chicken to Kamloops!

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!

Brunner, Ontario - Homestead Lyle & Lauren with their children serve South-Western Ontario and the surrounding areas. They've been raising chickens for about eight years on their farm, Lorenz Acres in Rostock, Ontario, a small town outside of Stratford. In additon to chickens, they also offer ducks, cull ducks, geese, many other birds, AND they incubate and hatch their own breed of chickens to help show their children the cycle of life. A solid small family farm strongly built on helping others understand agriculture and the need for animals is rounded out with two beautiful St. Bernards and one very active Hound. Their children participate in fall fairs and poultry shows to show off their beautiful feather friends. As very strong chicken enthusiasts, they are egg-cited to provide you with Rent The Chicken!

Moffat, Ontario - Homestead Kate and Ivan, along with their three young sons, own and operate Belbeck's Family Farm, and believe in sustainable agriculture that supports the health of the land and their animals! They raise laying hens and are breeders of rare KuneKune pasture pigs. As a chicken enthusiast, Kate is thrilled to be able to share the poultry keeping experience with the region!

Rockwood, Ontario - Homestead Berty & Doug with their family serve the GTA and South-Central Ontario! (More to come.)