If you like the idea of keeping chickens in your backyard, but aren’t sure you’re ready to fully commit, a farm southeast of Guelph will rent them to you.
Belbeck Family Farm in Moffat, Ont., near Milton, is making their Rent The Chicken business available to Kitchener residents now that the city’s bylaw allows backyard chickens.
The farm already offers chicken rentals across southern Ontario with free delivery within 80 kilometres of Moffat, which covers Hamilton, Mississauga and much of Toronto.
Kate Belbeck said it’s a great way to try it before you buy it.
“If you do jump into it and you find out it’s not for you when you’re renting, you have the option just to chicken out partway through,” she said.
The rental comes complete with a coop, feed, treats, a book about how to care for backyard chickens and either two or four hens. Two hens will give you about a dozen eggs a week.
Belbeck said they have very few chickens returned.
“Most people are very, very excited to get their chickens and find that they’re really not that difficult to look after,” she said.