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Rent The Chicken – An Urban Farming Trend

October 25, 2013

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Rent The Chicken - Urban Farming Trends
Rent the Chicken is the innovative brainchild of Phillip and Jenn Tompkins of Freeport, Pennsylvania. Catering to the urban farming trend, the Tompkins let customers rent two egg-laying hens and all of their supplies, and provide an in-person lesson on urban chicken farming and maintenance.
The Tompkins say their business takes the commitment out of raising egg-laying hens from the time that they’re chicks, and helps cut down on the number of chickens that get abandoned in shelters. They deliver and pick up the hens and all supplies within a 50-miles of their hometown and will replace chickens that get eaten by predators, but they’ll take away your chicken rental rights and charge you a fee if the chicken dies because of neglect.


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Why “Rent The Chicken”?  We provide all of the supplies you need with the rental:  portable chicken coop, two egg laying hens, enough food for the length of your rental, food & water dishes as well as instructions on how to keep your chickens happy! Within two days of the arrival, your chickens will lay eggs ready to use!  These eggs have 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fats, and 2 times more omega 3 fatty acids than store bought eggs.  Your Rent The Chickens should lay 8-14 eggs per week.  You will know exactly what your chickens eat!


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The Farm – Heritage Chicken Breeds

March 20, 2012

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A February morning, Cambridge Ontario, Canada | Murray’s Farm: Heritage breeds of chickens.

On a cold wintry day I took these photos while collecting farm fresh eggs in the hen house.

Heritage breeds are some of the breeds of chicken that have neared extinction due to commercial farming which does not favour their characteristics. Commercial chickens are very far away from natural. These Heritage chickens are wonderfully natural and interesting to look at. Lack of demand has led to dangerously low numbers due to lack of breeding. Over the years, North Americans have moved from family flocks to commercial poultry. The convenience factor has resulted in many chicken breeds nearing extinction.

Extinction of a breed would mean the irrevocable loss of the genetic resources and options it embodies.

Click on a thumbnail below to access and scroll through the photo gallery.

There is a need to ensure the future of agriculture through the genetic conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry. – John Zeus

Additional photos of breeds taken late summer.

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