General questions about backyard hens

Chicken hens are one of the quietest domestic animals. They cluck softly from time to time, and will often cluck to let you know they recently laid an egg. Unless they are in danger, they do not squawk. They sleep at night just as people do and are completely quiet from dusk to dawn. They are quiet because they want to be left alone to hunt and peck and do not want to attract attention to themselves.

Chickens are very clean animals. They will occasionally give themselves “dirt baths” but this is actually in order for them to preen their feathers and keep themselves clean and cool. The droppings are easily hosed off and break down into an excellent fertilizer for the lawn. Just like all pets and animals, chickens need responsible owners to keep the area tidy and clean out the living area from time to time.

Chickens are just like any other animal including humans, dogs, cats and others when it comes to disease. They are not any more likely to carry disease than a dog. If they are well-cared for, fed, watered and kept in a clean environment, then they are more likely to stay healthy. Diseases are much more likely to happen in large scale operations than in a healthy backyard setting.

Chickens are very low maintenance. They simply need water, food and shelter. They do not need to be groomed, washed, pet, walked, spayed, neutered, or trained. You can spend as little or as much time with them as you want. Their bedding area should be cleaned out about once a month which is not much of a problem

We recommend that you keep at least 2 chickens together in a flock as a minimum as they are flocking animals, and are not happy unless they have a friend. So long as you have a reasonable patch of grass, dirt and garden, you can certainly raise some chickens in your own backyard. Be considerate of your neighbors, and check if it is okay with them first, make sure your fences are good enough to keep your flock…

To the contrary, chickens love to eat insects of all kinds including worms, beetles, grasshoppers, earwigs, mosquitoes and their larvae, fly larvae, ticks and more and are one of the best methods of insect control. Chickens have even been known from time to time to eat small mice. As long as their feed is properly stored just as dog or cat food should be, it will not attract added pests either.

It is true that predators such as foxes, skunks, racoons and hawks often eat chickens if they can catch them. However, these same predators might eat cats, rabbits and even small dogs if given the opportunity. Chickens do not attract predators any more than these other animals. They have instinctual defenses that protect them from these predators, such as sleeping in a protected area (coop) at…

Free range chickens need very little space. Most poultry associations designate that chickens need about 3 square feet of ranging area. Of course they will do even better with more, but an average-sized backyard would easily accommodate 4-6 chickens -no problem. Chickens are completely content to peck around in a fenced yard and have no reason to flap over fences. A small coop to sleep in…

Roosters are unnecessary in the laying process and, in fact, are unnecessary to raising chickens. Chicken hens will lay eggs with or without a rooster. The only difference is that with a rooster, the eggs may be fertilized. Without a rooster they are not.

Your chickens will need a roost for sleeping at night time, and all this needs to be is a suitable stick or 2 inch pole suspended somewhere in a high, protected spot in the chicken coop hen house, so that the chickens can find a good safe perch for the evening which is away from the wind and cold weather, and safe from predators like dogs and foxes.

Questions about how Hens 4 Hire works

Caring for hens is easy but we understand that you may have some questions. When we drop off the rental package we will give you a crash course in hen behavior and care and answer any questions you may have. We will also leave you with our Hens 4 Hire Handy Guide to Having Hens and during your rental you have access to the 24 hour text line for any questions that may come up.

It may take a day or two for the hens to get comfortable enough to lay eggs. While we don’t guarantee that the hens will lay eggs we do want you to have the full experience so if your hens haven’t laid any eggs by the third day of your rental please contact us to discuss the possible causes and decide if we should bring you another set of hens.

While its not required we do highly recommend that you give the hens some time out of the coop each day. This will keep your hens happy and healthy and happy hens lay better eggs.  However, make sure they are always supervised when out of the coop.

The bedding in the actual enclosed coop area should be changed out about once a week and the enclosed run area should be cleaned out as needed. If you move your coop around every couple days the run area may not need to be cleaned out at all.

Its not required but its nice to let the hens have fresh grass and bugs to peck at. If you plan to keep the hen house in one spot the you should make sure you let the hens out each day, Leaving the hen house in one spot also means you’ll need to clean out the run area once or twice a week.

Lesseps contact us as soon as possible if you have a hen that is sick or injured. We can walk you through what to do depending on the situation and if needed we will make sure the hen gets the care or treatment she needs. If we need to pick up a sick hen we will replace the hen for free.

Contact us as soon as possible. We understand that this could happen for a number of different reasons and will determine on a case by case basis what action to take. If we feel like the remaining hen is in certain danger if left in your care we will remove her as soon as possible. No refund will be given if the hen(s) are removed due to neglect.  If we determine that it was a fluke accident we may replace the hen with a new one or if you decide to just keep the one hen you may do that also. There will be a $55 charge for any hen that is killed or lost while in your care.

Yes, of course you can. You can either continue renting on a monthly basis,  purchase the entire rental package or purchase just the hens. Please see the terms and conditions of the rental contract for more information on purchasing the package or hens.

Yes, please contact us for more information on buying one of our hen houses, there are many features we can add to customize it for you.

Of course, as long as there is a safe outdoor space that’s large enough for the hen house and a responsible party to make sure the hens are taken care of daily. We also have special packages that include lesson plans available for schools and educators.

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