From the NY Times in an article titled, "Rentals That Let You Fly the Coop," the author writes:
Rent the Chicken is one of a handful of backyard-chicken rental businesses that have cropped up in states around the country, including Michigan, Massachusetts and Maryland.
Renting-to-own is not the most economical approach to raising hens . . . . The point, however, is not to save money, but to test a risky purchase before making a commitment.
Read it here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/27/bus...