You have probably seen a growing trend in backyard chickens. They're in the country, they're in the suburbs, they're taking over. If you still do not know why chickens are becoming the new number one pet, here are some reasons and benefits of raising chickens.
Chickens are eco-friendly. Yes, these little guys help keep food waste out of the garbage because they will eat table scraps. If you have a left-over salad or some fruit that may be just past its freshness date, your chickens will love it. Of course you should never feed them food that is spoiled, but they won't care about bruises on an apple or an over-ripe peach.
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Chickens like to eat bugs. Bugs are packed full of protein so a handful of hens can help keep the bug population in your back yard under control (even ticks). If you have a garden, chickens can help you pick it clean after the veggies have been harvested. They love to eat weeds and scratch the dirt around.
If you are looking for chemical free fertilizer for your lawn or garden, chicken poo is the best! Its full of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and will help grow strong healthy plants.
Raising chickens at home preserves rare breeds. Factories tend to choose large breeds that grow fast for meat production, or breeds that lay the most. Backyard chicken owners tend to choose breeds that are more unusual or fun.
Chickens make great pets. They're easy to take care of, inexpensive and kids love them PLUS they provide your family with fresh eggs daily. Fresh eggs have 1/3 the cholesterol, 2/3 more vitamin A, 1/4 less saturated fat, 2 times the amount of omega 3 fatty acids, 3 times the amount of vitamin E and 7 times more Beta Carotene than store bought eggs (BackyardChickens.com). Since you control what you feed the chickens, you control how healthy their eggs are.
Raising chickens for their eggs is a truly rewarding experience, and everyone raves about how good our eggs are. If you are considering adding a backyard flock to your family, make sure you do your research on how to take care of chickens and what they need to be healthy and happy hens.