Entrepreneurs hatch hen-rental idea for fans of fresh eggs

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In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photograph, Phillip Tompkins tries to catch a chicken at a Rent The Chicken operation in Mount Holly, N.J. In two years, Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto. (AP Photo/Mel Evans) In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photograph, Phillip Tompkins tries to catch a chicken at a Rent The Chicken operation in Mount Holly, N.J. In two years, Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

By Kathy Matheson, The Associated Press

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. >> The name of Jenn Tompkins’ company sends customers into fits of laughter.

“When I answer the phone and I say, ‘Rent The Chicken, this is Jenn,’ they giggle and say, ‘I would like to rent the chicken.’ And then they giggle some more,” Tompkins said.

In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photograph, Phillip Tompkins holds a chicken at a Rent The Chicken operation in Mount Holly, N.J. Poultry leasing has turned out to be a serious investment as more people want fresh eggs from humanely raised hens, without the responsibilities of ownership. In two years, Pennsylvania-based Rent The Chicken has expanded to three other states, plus Toronto. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
In this Monday, April 6, 2015 photograph, Phillip Tompkins holds a chicken at a Rent The Chicken operation in Mount Holly, N.J.  (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

But poultry leasing has turned out to be a serious investment as more people want fresh eggs from humanely raised hens, without the responsibilities of ownership. In two…

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