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Rent the Chicken: Fresh Eggs Without the Commitment

A Houston affiliate of a service called Rent the Chickenseeks to make it easier for suburbanites to become backyard farmers. Ed and Diane Roberson, known in the Rent the Chicken world as “Homestead Ed and Diane” will rent you two or four egg-laying hens, a coop, chicken feed and the like for six months, with […]

Ed Roberson of Katy, franchisee for Rent the Chicken. Photo: Paige Phelps, Houston Public Media.

A Houston affiliate of a service called Rent the Chickenseeks to make it easier for suburbanites to become backyard farmers.

Ed and Diane Roberson, known in the Rent the Chicken world as "Homestead Ed and Diane" will rent you two or four egg-laying hens, a coop, chicken feed and the like for six months, with delivery within 50 miles of Katy.

Paige Phelps visited their farm to find out more.

(Above:Ed Roberson of Katy, franchisee for Rent the Chicken. Photo: Paige Phelps, Houston Public Media.)

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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