The trend toward raising backyard chickens has grown quickly over the past few years. Here are some reasons why…
- People want to become more self-sufficient and take part in the local-eating movement. A handful of egg-laying hens allows you to participate without having to move or drastically change your lifestyle.
- People prefer eggs from humanely-raised chickens. When you collect eggs from your backyard flock, you know exactly how they were treated, fed and cared for.
- Fresh eggs. What could be better?
- Chemical-free pest control. Beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, grubs, worms and other lawn-and-garden pests don’t stand a chance against a foraging chicken.
- Nitrogen-rich compost. If you’re a gardener, chicken poo and eggshells will boost the nutrients in your soil. All for free.
- Less kitchen waste. If you don’t compost, throw unwanted leftovers (except garlic and onions; they affect egg taste) into your chicken pen. Chickens are omnivores and will eat vegetables, grains, and meat.
- They’re small and easy to manage. Chickens are independent and don’t require a lot of time and attention.
- Free entertainment. Have you ever watched chickens? Their unique personalities and quirks can be hysterical and they’re interested in everything.
- Life lessons for your children. Your kids can help with chicken chores and learn a little responsibility.