Backyard chicken coops have been around for much of the past decade. Renting the chickens — as opposed to owning them — is a new twist.
May 30, 2014 Peter DiPaola, 9, and his sister, Emily, 7, watch Tyler Phillips deliver a rental chicken coop and two hens to their home in Severn, Md. RentaCoop delivers a chicken coop with two hens, organic chicken feed and bedding and offers a 24-hour chicken hotline through the rental period, usually four weeks or more. Renters get fresh eggs, the experience of feeding and caring for the animals and, for children, the chance to learn about where food comes from. Renters can buy the hens and coop and settle in for a long-term commitment — or return everything. Linda Davidson/The Washington Post Buy Photo