If you have even a single homesteading gene in your body, the allure of backyard chickens can be hard to resist.

I had them for about two years, which was just long enough to discover that they didn’t really work for our setup. Our coop wasn’t very big, our neighbor’s chickens were always in our yard and, because they were always pecking at anything green, I missed having a garden.

I wish I would have had an option like the Chicken Renters, a new company from Joe Najmi and Kendrick Norton that rents out all you need for backyard chickens so you can see for yourself whether it’s a commitment you want to make.

A monthlong trial, which includes the movable coop, two laying hens, thechickenrenters.com.