Eco-Coop Try-Before-You-Buy Scheme

Do you fancy having a go at keeping your own chickens but don’t want to commit for fear that it will prove too much by way of messy gardens, protesting neighbours and such-like?  Well Rentachook is an established company that allows you to rent their chickens for six weeks after paying them a deposit and then, if it’s not for you, you get to return said chickens, unharmed, to their owner and your deposit is returned to you.     

Rentachook will provide you with two hens, a chicken coop, a feeder and a waterer, food and straw.  After the six-week trial you choose whether to keep your feathered organic egg-layers or return them to the farm from whence they came.

And what’s more, with the coops being made out of recycled material and the feed being organic, it all adds up to a most ethical and environmentally-friendly project.  The kids can learn all about keeping livestock and self-sustainability . . . and they get to eat freshly-laid free-range eggs every morning.

There are rules and regulations to abide by and I would have to be sure that there would be no distress caused to the animals themselves but other than that I think it’s a great concept.  The only catch is . . . it’s in Australia! 

But what’s to stop an enthusiastic farmer from setting up a similar enterprise here in Britain?

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7 Responses to Eco-Coop Try-Before-You-Buy Scheme

  1. matt says:

    Damn, in Oz, what a shame. It’s a great idea and one that could be applied in lots of areas. It makes a big difference when looking at going into something so different like this, to be able to give it a go.

    We had ours for about 4 weeks I think, but under different circumstances. A good sized garden is essential as they do poo absolutely non-stop!!

  2. earthpal says:

    Hi Matt,

    Yes, a pity it’s in Australia. I just wanted to highlight the concept (you never know who’s reading this blog lol).

    The idea to try-before-you-buy may entice the willing-but-hesitant among us to at least try.

  3. keithsc says:

    It’s a great idea. It would be great if it could cover pets as well – it might cut down the work of the RSPCA.

  4. matt says:

    Exactly, there are so many ways this could be done. Actually I covered this concept over at ES. I’ll re-post it here, whilst we’re on the topic of sharing.

  5. the Grit says:

    Hi y’all,

    On a side note, and because I couldn’t think of anywhere else that my news would be appreciated, I had, just this morning while driving into town, my first sighting of wild turkeys! While this may not immediately thrill you, I’ve only had reports that these birds had re-established themselves in our area in the last 2-3 years. Considering how shy they are, seeing a mother and her brood on the side of a public road, I’m thinking, means that they are well established! Happy, happy, joy, joy!

    the Grit

  6. earthpal says:

    Well your joy brought a smile to my face too Grit.

    Will those wild turkeys be left in peace or will they be hunted?

  7. the Grit says:

    Hi e,

    And sorry to be so late in responding, but it’s been rather hectic around here lately.

    Yes, eventually they will be hunted. However, under our extensive body of game laws, which are only rivaled by our tax code in complexity, it is doubtful that anyone will ever, legally, point a gun at them. I know they won’t on my property, as we only allow one person to hunt, and that is only for deer, and using only bow and arrow or muzzle loading rifle, our population of which has multiplied to the point where they would shortly be starving or breeding diseases if not controlled.

    I would also mention that I have had a report from someone fishing our lake, and damn it that I never seem to find time to do the same, of either that flock or another pecking their way around the bank. I really need to save up for some of those game cameras to see what’s going on at night.

    the Grit

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