Urban farmers differ from traditional and rural farmers in a number of respects. Traditional farmers often do so to make a living where urban farmers usually do so to put healthy food on their table. Traditional farmers wait until after harvest before taking a vacation where urban farmers often take vacation in the summer.
And while tending for a backyard flock takes little effort, it still does require daily attention.
So what do you do with your flock if you want to go on vacation? The best option is to get a neighbor to feed, water and collect eggs. This way they get to see how easy it is and will perhaps want to start their own backyard flock. In larger cities you can even hire a chicken sitter to come twice a day and do the chores. We tried this for a while but found it to be a large drain of time and since we commute by bike, it became impractical.
So if you can’t get a neighbor to watch your hens, why not check them into a hotel? The Nesting Place is a luxury chicken hotel located right here at the store.
The Blue Andalusian Suite and the Golden Campine Suite both include a safe place to sleep, eat and lay eggs as well as an extended yard in which to scratch around.
Basic service is $2 per hen per day and includes fresh feed, water, some scratch and a daily coop cleaning. Deluxe service is $3 per hen per day and includes the above as well as chopped organic veggies and turn down service. With the deluxe service we will even text you photos of your hens.
Future suites will be added if this becomes as popular as we think it will. But until then space is limited so if you have a vacation coming up and nobody to watch your flock, feel free to give us a call.