If you have always wanted to try having backyard chickens but were afraid of taking the plunge, the McPhetridge Family Farms in Franklinton has a solution.
The farm offers two packages so “consumers can try out urban laying hens with full phone and web support but without a longterm commitment.”
You can pay $400 for the standard rental package, which includes delivery and removal, two hens, a portable coop, food and water dishes, 100 pounds of chicken feed (organic feed is available for $75 more), a guide on chicken care and a copy of the book, “Fresh Eggs Daily” by Lisa Steele.
For $600, you can get the deluxe rental package, which includes delivery, removal, four hens, a deluxe coop, food and water dishes, 200 pounds of chicken feed (organic feed is available for $150 more), a guide on chicken care and a copy of the book, “Fresh Eggs Daily” by Lisa Steele.
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In addition to renting chickens, customers also can rent an incubator to experience hatching chicks, which may be a great fit for families, schools, day care facilities and senior care homes.
The rentals start in May or June and run to November or December.
Free delivery within 50 miles of Franklinton; a delivery fee will be charged for those customers who are located outside of this 50-mile radius.
Customers can call 724-305-0RTC (0782) or visit RentTheChicken.com for more information.
Native plant sale in Chapel Hill
The N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill is hosting a native plant festival and sale 4-8 p.m. May 21.
The event includes the sale of native plants by the garden and local nurseries, including Niche Gardens, Cure Nursery, S&J Greens, Mellow Marsh Farm and Growing Wild Nursery. The event will also include live music, food trucks, tree climbing, book sale and a raffle. Admission is free.
The garden is at 100 Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill.
Hypertufa planter, concrete sculpture
Instructors Amelia Lane and Beth Jimenez of Lasting Impressions Concrete Sculptures in Raleigh are offering two upcoming classes:
▪ 9 a.m.-noon June 11, learn how to make a hypertufa trough, a versatile planting container that looks like stone yet is lightweight and has excellent drainage. All materials are provided. Cost: $75.
▪ 1-3 p.m. June 11, learn how to make a concrete leaf-shaped sculpture or birdbath for your garden or patio. All materials are provided. Cost: $65.
To register for the workshops, send payment to Lasting Impressions, 4904 Hermitage Dr., Raleigh, NC 27612. You may email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or call - 919-787-6228 if you have questions.
For more information: lastingimpressionsleaves.com
Home Depot offers DIY classes
The home improvement store chain offers free workshops each weekend.
Here is a sample of upcoming workshops at Wake County stores:
DIY Outdoor Sofa, 10-11:30 a.m. May 14; Creating a Tile Backsplash, 10-11:30 a.m. May 21; Easy Bath Updates, 1-2:30 p.m. May 22; Decorative Painting, 10-11:30 a.m. May 28.
They also offer do-it-herself workshops for women: Build a Wooden Grill Caddy, 6:30-8 p.m. May 19. They also offer children’s workshops: Father’s Day Trophy Smart Phone Holder, 9 a.m.-noon June 4.
Check individual stores for class schedules: workshops.homedepot.com.