Why did the chicken cross the road? Well, it had to, because it was participating in a great new program which rents a pair of chickens to a family or school in order to explain and teach about a truly local food source – fresh eggs.
David and Jessica Hochreiter (and small son Jaxon) participate in the international program, “Rent The Chicken” from their farm in McKenzie, Tennessee. This unique service is available in locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, as either a family or classroom becomes proud renters of a pair of industrious chickens for a six-month period.
With the Rent the Chicken program all materials are provided including a mobile coop, feed, feed dish, water container, and a book on how to raise 2 laying hens for 6 months. The great thing is that at the end of the 6 months or summer time the animals will return to their original farm. The best part is that if you are a school, 100% of the cost is covered through a simple grant application. This great opportunity will not cost your school a dime.
Schools and teachers are finding students are eager not only to watch the busy hens, but to learn to feed and water them, gather eggs and make sure their area is kept clean. Special Education students seem particularly benefited by the presence of a calm, industrious animal close by. (Jessica is a Special Education teacher, and David an Ag teacher as well as a farmer.)
You can see a news clip featuring the Hochreiters here:
or go to the organization’s website, http://www.rentthechicken.com/p/west-tennessee.html
Interested? Call Rent The Chicken headquarters at (724) 305-0782 – and get clucking!
* By Terri Jenkins-Brady, Team Blogger