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Local Farm Hatches Hen Rental Business

March 2017
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You can rent an apartment, rent a car and even rent tools. And if you love fresh eggs, now you can rent a chicken.

“It’s a great way to introduce the idea of having backyard chickens to produce eggs without investing too much money into the project,” says Gary Sims, who along with his wife, Jennifer, shown above, owns Fowling Around SimsFarm in Corrales. The farm is a local Rent The Chicken™ affiliate and offers options to keep laying hens for six months.

For about $450, customers can rent two hens, a portable coop, local organic feed, a waterer and a book on chicken care. The 6-by-3-foot coop includes a yard where the birds can roam, along with an indoor section that offers shelter from the elements, two egg boxes and a roost. Sims says purchasing the hens and the equipment would cost at least twice as much.

Sims says two hens can produce about a dozen eggs each week, though he warns that production could slow down during colder months. Renting more hens is an option, he adds.

Fowling Around SimsFarm offers delivery within 50 miles of Corrales, but there are some restrictions to keeping backyard chickens in the metro area. In Albuquerque, for instance, each residence is limited to 15 chickens, but some homeowners associations do not allow them. In Rio Rancho, up to six chickens are allowed in lots of at least a half-acre, says Sims.

Customers have the option of purchasing the chickens and equipment at the end of the lease, he adds.

“Raising chickens is an inexpensive way to give people access to healthy food,” says Sims. “We’re getting a lot of activity right now.”

For more information, call 675-0782 or visit rentthechicken.com.

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