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Chickens for rent: Goffstown farm offers an easier way for home chicken farmers to take wing

Christine Templeton holds one of her Buff Orpington chickens, one of two breeds she and her husband, Brian, will rent for 26-week terms to customers who want to try home chicken farming without having to care for the birds through the winter. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

The Templetons are raising 120 egg-laying chickens on their 13-acre farm, two miles west of St. Anselm College.

By Michael Cousineau
New Hampshire Union Leader
Feb 10, 2018


Lydia Sobocinski has wanted to raise chickens in her Windham yard since she moved from Massachusetts 15 years ago.

“I just kind of fell in love with the idea,” she said last week.

But concerns over how to raise them and what to do when winter arrives kept her wishing – until she saw a Facebook post on renting chickens.

And that’s no yolk.

A Goffstown farm is an affiliate of Rent The Chicken, which lines up farms to supply the birds, a coop and food. Company headquarters in Pennsylvania handles questions and concerns from the newly minted urban farmers.

Customers return the hens before winter.

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