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 or Homestead McKenna answers! Homestead Miranda has been with us since October of 2020 and Homestead McKenna is our 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 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 and Hatch The Chicken.

Ringgold, GA - Homestead Katie and Tommy offer Rent The Chicken to Atlanta, and Northwest Georgia, Southeastern TN / Chattanooga. They live on a small hobby farm and enjoy raising mini cows, bantam cochins, and turkeys. 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! 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 five 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!

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 ten 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.

Marshfield, Missouri - Homestead Ashley and her family are serving Springfield, MO with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken. They moved to Marshfield, MO 4 years ago, shortly after the birth of their daughter. While working as a stay-at-home mother, Ashley started raising chickens. Her love of the farm life eventually led her to also raising ADGA registered Nigerian dwarf goats, quail, and rabbits. Her farm has grown as fast as her daughter, who is now just as enthusiastic about all of the animals in the farm as her mother! Homestead Ashley is excited to share her passion for raising chickens and collecting eggs to others through the Rent The Chicken program!

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. 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.

Long Valley, New Jersey - Homestead Marlena of the Pip Farm is now serving Northern New Jersey with Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken! Pip Farm is located in Western Morris County in Northern New Jersey where Homestead Marlena breeds heritage chickens, quail, turkeys, and guineas. All birds are raised with sustainable organic practices, with open air coops for fresh air and sunshine. Chickens range in size from adorable little Silkie and Old English Game bantams, to stately Jersey Giants and Light Brahmas. Easter Eggers, Ameraucana and Dominiques lay colorful eggs including blue, green and shades of pink. The photo shows eggs collected on the farm, including tiny quail eggs to sizable turkey eggs with various shades of chicken eggs as well. Homestead Marlena is egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to Northern New Jersey!

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 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.

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 are egg-cited for their 4th season with Rent the Chicken and introducing people to backyard chickens. 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 has been a volunteer firefighter for 30 plus years. Homestead Lisa is known as the Chicken or Egg Lady to her numerous egg customers. Look for them at various Central New York events and the Great NY State Fair spreading the word about how renting chickens can lead to adopting their new feathered friends. The expressions on the faces of the renters when they deliver the chickens makes all the hard work worth it. They love to hear the names the renters choose for their chickens too! They help people understand what is required to care for chickens and help to educate them about common misconceptions about chickens and eggs.

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, donkeys, and have numerous cats on 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 especially loves the cats who keep the rodent population in check on the farm. 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 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 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. 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 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 determining their next steps to grow their family. 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 in 2021 - no one is even chasing her! 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.

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 and pork operations for the farm and oversees the production of pasture-raised hertiage pork, 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 daughter, Samantha, they will provide Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to College Station / Centerville 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. Along with working in the healthcare field, Homestead Jillian and Sy find 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, lots of chickens, and a handful of 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 three dogs, Ivy, Tulsi, and Tripp. 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!

Greensboro, VT - Homestead Warren and his mom Laura are providing Rent The Chicken to St Johnsbury and Northeastern Vermont. 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 with Rent The Chicken and 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!

Canada Locations:

Red Deer, Alberta - Homestead Cheryl, Ossie, and their family are serving Calgary, Edmonton, and locally to Red Deer. Their love of chickens started in 2019 when they began the journey of raising hens as a viable and sustainable food source they can rely on themselves. Homestead Cheryl's youngest daughter has also raised a pet goose named Maverick that helps protect their flock along with two other geese! When they are not tending to the chickens, they love to hike as a family, enjoy time with their dogs and cats, or camp in the mountains. They believe everyone should have a chance to experience farm-fresh eggs even in urban areas and would love to share their chicken experiences with you.

Kamloops, British Columbia - Homestead Ron and Marie are serving Kamloops, Kelowna, Vernon, the Lower Mainland and the surrounding area. They live just west of Kamloops where they raise and sell pure bred Dorper sheep, and broiler chickens from their family farm. Active in 4-H BC, they are proud to be part of developing and supporting the next generation of farmers and producers. Homestead 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.

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!

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!