Q: How many eggs will they lay?
A: About 1 egg each, every day! With the standard rental (2 hens) you will get about 1 dozen eggs per week. Our coops are designed to house up to 4 hens and with each one laying 6 days a week that's 2 dozen eggs from Monday to Sunday! That should be more than enough for the family, and if you're feeling nice, the neighbors too :)
Q:What are the benefits of raising chickens?
A: You may not know this but chickens have amazing personalities. They will come when called, let you pick them up, let you rock them to sleep on your lap (especially on the swing-set) and will follow you around the backyard while you're gardening. They are also natural composters! They will eat all of your unwanted table scraps and will turn them into delicious and nutritious eggs. They're great at pest control as the hens actively seek out spiders, bees, beetles, stinkbugs and even ticks!
Q: Are chickens noisy?
A: . The male chicken (rooster) is the only noisy one of the bunch and we don't provide those. We rent only the hens and they are very quiet and only make noise when they are in distress or after laying an egg. This noise is known as an "egg song" and usually lasts less than 10 seconds :) Other than that, they make a nice soft clucking noise from time to time which we've been told is actually a bit therapeutic.
Q: Are the chicken coops predator proof?
A: Of course! They have a wire bottom to prevent digging and the coop is made from the sturdiest materials that will last for years to come.
Q: Will the hens get along with my pet?
First, there is no need to worry about your cat being a problem for the hens. We have yet to hear about an aggressive cat, even after hundreds of rentals, the hens are just too big for them.
For dogs, it depends on their individual personalities. Some dogs get along with the hens right away while most take about a week of training for you to become comfortable enough to allow them to share the yard with the hens unsupervised. A select few take longer than a week. With our information pamphlet, you are provided a step by step process on how to introduce your dogs to the hens that has worked every time thus far. Some dogs take longer in between certain steps but they all get there eventually.
The great thing about your dog getting along with the hens is the hens can now free-range in your backyard without your supervision.
Q: Will the hens run away?
A: No. Most hens will stay within 50 ft. of the coop at all times even if you don't have a fence. Very rarely will they wander and when they do they always come back to the coop.
Q: Do chickens bite?
A: Some do but not the breed we raise (the Golden Comet). We hatch them ourselves and raise them by hand until they are 5 months old and start laying eggs. They are very social and are definitely not your grandmothers chickens :)
Q: Do chickens smell?
A: No. As long as you change their bedding once a week and move the coop every 4-5 days (it's on wheels) you won't smell a thing. We use pine shavings for their bedding which soak up the moisture and covers up any would be smell.
Q: What happens if I go on vacation?
A: Our coops have an indoor part and an outdoor part (The run) which allow the hens to peck at grass, eat bugs, enjoy sunbathes and get fresh air all while being completely protected from predators. With 2 hens, our feeder lasts 3 days and our waterer 7-10 days. The 2 other chores include cleaning the bedding once a week as well as moving the coop once a week. You can go away for a weekend without worrying about the hens and the eggs will be there when you get back. If you are gone for more than a weekend you can have your neighbor check on the hens and refill their water and feed bowls in exchange for the organic eggs.
If you have any questions that we didn't get a chance to answer give us a call 24 hours a day at (202)412-4232 :) We also recommend checking out the Backyard Chicken Forum - for any detailed chicken questions. It is an excellent resource for all types of information with great articles while also connecting you with backyard chicken owners from all over the U.S. and beyond!