Unfortunately our neighbors in the Soo have illegally banned city chickens, but the movement is thriving in Traverse City.
I love this idea of renting the chickens then returning them to the farm in the fall. Plus, since you're renting if you accidentally get a rooster instead of a hen you should be able to make the exchange to the more city-friendly gender.
See: Rent-a-Chicken in Traverse City Makes Urban Farming Child’s Play
And a reminder that the first Coop Loop is June 12th.