Today I thought I’d list some of the top reasons I personally think just about anyone should consider raising their own chickens…
(after reading the article, please share your own reasons for raising chickens by posting a comment at the bottom of this page! 😉 )
1. The eggs are healthier!
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Eggs from properly raised “backyard chickens” are sooo much healthier than store-bought ones.
Chicken factory farms has one single goal: to make the chickens produce eggs as quickly and cheaply as possible. This results in an unvaried and unnatural diet and in many cases they will be given various hormones and antibiotics.
On the other hand, chickens that are allowed to forage freely, peck for insects and engage in their natural behavior will provide you with considerably healthier eggs, free from hormones or other unnatural substances and are brimming with nutrition!
2. The Taste!
Chickens eating a varied, nutritious diet will result in more flavorful eggs.
Many people who eat an egg from a properly raised “backyard chicken” will be surprised by the the strong flavors as well as the intense, almost orange color of the yolk compared to their store counterparts.
3. Garden Benefits!
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Chicken droppings enrich your compost. Chicken droppings are high in nitrogen. Added to the compost bin they add more nitrogen and improve your compost.
Chickens provide natural insect control. As they hunt and peck around the yard, chickens gobble up grubs, earwigs and other bugs, treating our garden pests as tasty, nutritious treats.
Even their scratching for bugs will benefit your garden by aerating the soil and breaking down larger pieces resulting in an accelerated decomposition process!
4. Chickens Are Fun & Educational
Chickens are extremely easy to raise. Essentially, all they need is space, food and shelter.
Believe it or not, raising chickens can also be a lot of FUN! Just like dogs or cats, every chicken has its own personality traits and just sitting down on your lawn watching them can provide a lot of entertainment 🙂
Lastly, raising chickens provides a great learning experience, for children and adults alike! You’ll also quickly notice how your values towards animals and the value of the quality of food and where it comes from change.
5. Freedom From the Industrial Food Industry
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In these uncertain times, moving towards self-sufficiency is a great goal and producing your own eggs is a great step in the right direction. If you’re into gardening, that can take care of a lot of your fruit and vegetables needs. Cows, sheep, and goats are too big and cumbersome for most yards, while chickens are small, relatively quiet, willing to eat just about anything, and they can produce a steady stream of eggs.
These are my own personal top reasons I love keeping my own chickens…
All the best,
PS. Do you have your own top list? Share it here below by leaving a comment!