Many questions are answered below. If you do not find your answer here please call us or send us an email.
How does your program work?
We schedule a date to bring to your home a portable coop, three +1 chickens that are already laying eggs, and the supplies
needed for your rental period. Chickens produce the most eggs from May until November. Toward the end of the Rental Period,
we will schedule a date in October/November to stop by and pick up the rented chickens, coop and supplies. Starting in October
we shelter them and protect them from inclement weather, we do their annual medical evaluations, deworming, etc. As soon as
spring/summer comes back around, we schedule a time to bring your chickens back to you and provide you with another season of
I just found out about you. Can I still rent?
Spring availability is limited, but contact us for more information
and to reserve your flock today.
Why are the Rental Periods typically for the warmer months?
Although our coops are made for year round use, our chickens slow their production in the colder months. The Rental Packages
from April/May through October/November are the best time to enjoy your Urban Flock and their maximum egg production!
Why is it a Flock Cooperative?
We ask that when you host your flock of three birds you allow us to place a fourth bird in your enclosure so that we can provide that bird's eggs to our local food pantry.
These eggs will support needy families in your neighborhood. Should your birds take a day off or if you have the boys over for the weekend - use whatever you need of the
"fourth" eggs. When we come weekly to service your coop we will collect your gift for the needy.
Is the Chicken Feed provided organic and non-GMO?
We have organic and non-GMO feed available upon request. Because the cost for the premium food is higher, there is a $25-30 up-charge if the organic and/or non-GMO feed is your preference.
Do I need to have a rooster in order for my chicken to lay eggs?
No. A rooster is only required if you want fertilized eggs which become chicks.
Do hens make much noise?
No. Your hens will make some noise but will not crow like roosters. Roosters will crow all day long and are available upon special request. Should you have a challenge with a particularly noisy
bird we will rotate her out with someone less talkative.
What if a chicken dies?
We understand that animals sometimes get ill or predators find crafty ways to have chicken for lunch. We will replace chickens free of charge as long as the death was not due to neglect.
Being owned and operated by the watchful eyes of an experienced and caring staff we will provide only the healthiest and most productive birds. If any bird seems "off" or "doesn't look
right" please call and we will have them medically evaluated by our veterinarian, who is one of our owners. Chickens have been known to live for longer than 10 years.
How many years does a chicken lay eggs for?
Chickens have their highest egg production during the first three years of their life. After that the number of eggs laid per week will drop. Some chickens have been known to still lay
1 egg per week at the age of seven.
How old are the chickens in my flock?
The hens that we bring to your home are normally between six months and two years old.
How many eggs per week will The Urban Flock provide?
You can expect a total of 14-21 eggs per week from your Flock depending on your Rental Package.
Do you use any growth hormones, steroids, or antibiotics?
Do you really give me enough feed for the entire rental period?
Yes! We supply the feed, food dish, and water dish. You just need to make sure they have food and water available when you gather your rewards. We will stock, clean and replenish
all water and feeders when the coop is serviced weekly.
Can my birds eat our table scraps?
Yes. Posted on your coop is a list of foods to avoid.
Should I be concerned if they eat grass?
No! In fact it will provide a more complete diet and enrichment for your flock. We will relocate the coop weekly to provide fresh lawn to them and to make sure your yard
doesn't get overgrazed in any one spot.
Can I keep the poop?
Yes. We will collect and clean their roosting and nest boxes weekly. We will leave the manure for your compost or take it with us to ours. We will return a small bag of
finished chicken compost when we collect the flock and coop for the winter.
Can I have the same birds from year to year?
Yes. If they pass their physical and are ready to come back out we can return the exact same birds to you next season.
What color are the eggs?
White, brown, blue, green or even black! We have a very diverse flock and can provide interesting breeds that not only lay a variety of colored eggs but also have some very distinct
characteristics themselves. Check out our flock photos for an idea.
I'm going out of town for three days, will my Urban Flock and eggs be ok?
Absolutely! Just make sure their food and water is full when you leave. You can gather the eggs when you return. If you plan on being gone for longer than three days, please let us
know and we will schedule our service call to support them properly while you are away.
How long is the rental period?
The 2015 Rental Period is from April/May until October/November. Rentals then start again in the spring.
Should I wash the eggs?
Eggs should only be washed just before cooking. The hens leave a natural protective coating on the eggs to keep them fresh. Eggs can last for days without refrigeration as long
as you don't wash them. We always recommend the water test to tell if your eggs are good or bad.
How can I check to see if the eggs are good before I crack them open?
All you need to do is a water test. Fill a container with water and place the egg in it. If the egg sinks it's a good egg. If it floats all the way to the top it's probably a
spoiled egg so please discard.