Hi, I read somewhere (can't remember where) about a company that rents out chickens to schools and takes them back in the holidays. Google isn't helping (I ended up with 'Rent - a - German'!!!). Anyone have any ideas?
They aren't chicks..full sized hens. They take them back during all holidays and then return them. They also offered help with their care and curriculum based worksheets etc. See, I read it in detail but obviously not the wretched website name!!!!!
Viva - I rent out an incubator and supply fertile eggs etc. Any chicks hatched come back to me after one or two weeks, I then rear them on. Males are dispatched. Females are brought on to POL then sold to be backyard chickens, or I keep them until I can find a suitable home. Nothing goes to auction, as who knows where they would end up.
Favorelles, that's good. I've heard some of the companies cull all the birds Inc the females which I always thought was a shame. I can understand culling the male chicks but was sad that the girls are getting culled when they could be brought on and sold.
Faverolles, considering the price that chicken go for at our local chicken auction, I would assume that it is mainly to people who take it pretty seriously (£7 - £25 each.) I had wondered about taking in a broody and some eggs ... but don't fancy having to go into work at the weekend.