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. 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!

Fort Collins and Denver, Colorado - Skirt In The Dirt Co-op, LLC is an up and coming collective out of Fort Collins, CO looking to cultivate, inspire, and participate in the urban farming initiative. The Co-op is operated by Homestead Callie and Homestead Melissa. Callie grew up on a farm in Kansas and moved to Colorado in 2008 to explore the wild west. Melissa grew up in Evergreen, CO, moved to Fort Collins, CO to attend CSU and fell in love with the area. Skirt In The Dirt’s current focus is on Rent The Chicken. As they grow, they have plans of being a part of Fort Collins’ vibrant sustainability movement by building, promoting, and encouraging all facets of urban farming in the Fort Collins community.

Wallingford, CT - Homestead Ida & Farmer Joe with their family are serving the Greater Hartford and Shoreline Area and beyond. 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 is a fourth generation farmer on the same land, growing the same crops. 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 for since 2012 to introduce folks to the joy of farm fresh eggs and chicken 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 a small 80 acre hobby farm from birth. They had just about every farm animal come through their farm that you could imagine and even little wildlife critters, too! Currently on the farm, they raise the lowline Belted Galloways as grass fed beef, Bantam Cochin chickens for pets and show. Recently Homestead Katie fell in love with mini Hereford cows. She plans to start a herd late this year. Homestead Katie rides as time allows as horses were her first love. Homestead Tommy is her husband and the love of her life. He didn't grow up on a farm but he got there as fast as he could through Homestead Katie! She instilled chicken fever in him and together they love tending to their chickens and creating the best flock they can of Bantam Cochins show chickens. On their family farm, 4 Seasons, they work hard and love harder. Homestead Katie and Tommy purchased their own mini hobby farm recently and spend time between the two farms. Family is important to them and they don't meet strangers often as strangers quickly become friends. Away from the farm, you can find them fishing or spending time with their fur babies - their three dogs. They spend a lot of time outdoors and enjoy taking day trips to small towns to find new BBQ restaurants (Don't tell the chickens!). 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!

Hagerstown, Maryland - Homestead Zeke, Lesley, and their family are serving Hagerstown & Frederick, Maryland; Greater Baltimore & Washington, DC Areas; Chambersburg, Shippensburg, & Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Martinsburg, WV; and Winchester, VA. Homestead Zeke and Lesley operate Hen of the Woods homestead in Hagerstown, MD. Here they raise their two sons and lead a life as sustainable as possible while trying to reduce their ecological footprint on the earth. Both were raised in rural Western PA with families that valued home grown foods. On their homestead, they raise and process pastured chickens and turkeys for egg and meat production, as well as Nigerian dwarf goats for milk production. You will find them tending their garden, fruit trees, and berry bushes in order to preserve their harvest by drying, canning, and freezing goodies for their family to enjoy throughout the year. They appreciate harvesting wild edibles, fish, and game throughout the seasons, as well. Knowing the high volume of processed foods that are consumed by people on a daily basis and the disconnect within the current food system, they realized that Rent The Chicken was a chance for them to share their education and passion for sustainable food with other families. Because both Homestead Zeke and Lesley are teachers, it seemed like this opportunity would be a great fit. They are egg-cited to help others gain an understanding and love for how easy and rewarding it is to have backyard hens!

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.

Kansas City, Missouri - Homestead Candy & Alex and their family are serving the Greater Kansas City, Missouri Area and surrounding areas. They’ve been married for over 2 decades enjoying their blended family with four children and three grandchildren. Homestead Candy & Alex were both born and raised in the city. About eight years ago, they moved for a change of pace of the country lifestyle. In addition to Rent The Chicken, Homestead Candy can be found happily serving up delicious food at the Hyvee Market Grille in Gladstone, MO while Homestead Alex is in the car battery manufacturing industry. In addition to raising chickens, they also raise ducks, goats, rabbits, guinea hens, cats, lizards, turtles, fish, and a dog at their Bashor Family Farm Ranch where they also grow produce and food for their animals. They are hoping to soon add cows, pigs, and bees. They are looking forward to meeting their renters of Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken!

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 goats. They have been selling fresh eggs and will be offering pastured meat, pork and turkey, soon. They work closely together with Red Top Farm Market, Katie's family's farm market in Southampton, NJ, which has been owned by her 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 the Central New York area including Syracuse, Watertown, Oswego, Cortland, Utica, and surrounding areas. 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 have a motley flock of chickens and a Jack Russell Terrier. Steve and Lisa are both retired from long term jobs and are ready for the next chapter in their life. They enjoy spending time with their family including 2 grown children and 3 grandchildren. They are excited to join Rent The Chicken to share 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!

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. Life is full of magic and raising farm animals brings a connection to the earth.

Xenia, Ohio - Homestead Bill & Debbie serve Dayton, Ohio and the surrounding areas. While enjoying time with their grandchildren, their grandchildren enjoy time with their chickens! Homestead Bill is a general contractor by trade and enjoys building rental coops for the renters in the Greater Dayton, Ohio Area. Homestead Debbie is recently retired! Together they offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to their community. They are egg-cited to meet their customers and share the joy of backyard chickens.

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 now 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 as an extension of their farm.

Beeville, Texas - Homestead Scott and Christina with their family are serving South Texas including Bee, Goliad, Karnes, Live Oak, & San Patricio Counties, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio. They have been married for 18 years and have seven children ranging in ages from three to 16. They are a homeschooling family that love the land and everything God has provided. This includes raising a wide variety of animals and produce on their homestead, "God's P Pod". Some of their goals include providing local products to the community, and educating others where their food comes from. Rent The Chicken fits beautifully into their plans, because it helps families connect with their food source. This family is always working for and with others through volunteer programs such as Lions Club, HSLDA Compassion, and CASA. Gen. 1:31 "And God saw every thing that He had made, and behold, it was very good."

Gunter, Texas - Homestead Ron and Jenine, along with their 9 children, enjoy the quiet country life while providing Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to Dallas, Ft Worth, and North Texas. Ron, an Illinois Yankee and former Marine, and Jenine, a North Texas native and loving homeschool mom, raise their blended family just north of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Jenine is a homeschool wife and mom, loving and caring for the family each and every day. She is an avid non-fiction reader, an Instant-Pot master, and budding farmer. Together, they enjoy making their home a place of love, learning, and joy. Jenine is an organizer and longs to live in a tiny-home but with 9 children, compromises have been made. Ron is self-employed for the last 11 years at Trinity Integration, a small software and hardware integration company and together, they are active in serving their church and teaching in their local homeschool co-op. The entire Dunning family enjoys many distractions like hatching any egg they can get their hands on, making butter and yogurt, beekeeping, bluegrass music, and they’ve been known to play a game of chess or two. The Homestead Dunnings are working to grow the family farm from a hobby to a point of sustainability, and it has provided them plenty of opportunities to teach their children good stewardship of the land and resources they have. Along the way, they have watched the miracles all around them of things being born, hatched, grown, sprouted, fermented, and composted. They are always eager to share their love and passion for all things homestead and are looking forward to helping make chickens an easy, no risk, addition to backyards throughout North Texas because that’s just what they do.

Milano, Texas - Homestead Brad and Suzanne are serving Central Texas, from Austin, to Waco, Bryan/College Station to Normangee, Houston, and everything in between. Brad and Suzanne are both high school graduates from Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas. Brad claims Lubbock as his home town and is a US Marine, TSTC graduate, and has more than 20 years of experience as a mechanical designer and inventor. Suzanne is a 1999 graduate of Baylor University in Waco, Texas majoring in Education, Spanish, and Public Speaking which led to being a passionate public school teacher for several years. They have been married for 21 years and have five children ages 11 - 17, whom they homeschool. They own Flip Flop Spanish and and supply the nation with innovative Spanish curriculum products and tools. Suzanne, a self-proclaimed Crazy Chicken Lady, has her own Facebook page and blog entitled “My Chicken Addiction” which pre-dates the family learning about Rent the Chicken by three years. With teaching, designing, and building, being their greatest passions, they are extremely egg-cited to offer Rent The Chicken and Hatch The Chicken to their local of Milano, Texas as well as to the entire Central Texas Area.

Colchester, VT - Homestead Jillian & Sy are now serving Burlington and Northwestern Vermont. 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, Stella and Ivy. They are egg-cited to share the experience of keeping backyard chickens through Rent The Chicken in Vermont!

Ferrum, VA - Homestead Lindsey is now serving Roanoke, Virginia and surrounding areas. (More to come.)





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 $50 deposit today and don't miss out on your own chicken rental! Homestead Kate sells out every year so don't delay!

Appin, ON - Homestead James & Pam with their family are serving South Western Ontario. (More details to come!)

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!