Why Raise Chickens?



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Of all the animals that people can raise as pets, chickens are unique in the sense that they produce something edible compared to other pets like dogs, horses, cats and fish. In fact, raising chickens for pets pay off in the long run as they are a source of fresh meat and eggs unlike what you normally buy in the supermarket.

And considering the craze about organic food, with your own backyard chickens it is very easy to produce your own organic eggs and poultry meat – all you have to do is feed your chickens organic chicken feed. Organically fed chicken that roam freely, eat grass are proven to lay eggs that have higher levels of Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E while having lower cholesterol content!

Chickens Have Personalities Too

It may come as a surprise but each chicken has their own distinctive and endearing personality traits. Aside from this, chickens are very pleasing to look at because their plumages have an assortment of colors and patterns; they also come in all shapes and sizes. You will certainly be tempted to spoil them, pick them up and hug them to show them off to your friends and give them their individual names as you get familiarized with their characteristics.

Chicken Raising Contributes to Environmental Care

Chickens naturally love to range freely.  By letting them range freely, you get two very tangible benefits in return – they would gladly eat any garden pest they encounter and help you with your grass cutting chores as they love to eat grass as well. As an added bonus, they’ll turn all they have eaten in the form of organic fertilizer! All you have to do is sit down on the porch and watch them as they happily go about their daily routine.

Most people are not aware that chickens can eat almost anything people can, even leftover foods. Although you may reconsider feeding them onions and garlic as they would make their eggs taste funny.

Chickens are the best producers of black gold soil their waste is a naturally nitrogen-rich. Chickens also thrive on leaves, weeds and grass clippings – they actually help people get rid of their garden/farm refuse instead of simply getting rid of them.

Chickens are Low-Maintenance Pets

Of all animals that can be taken cared of as pets, chickens are the ones that need almost no maintenance compared to others. All you have to do is make sure their food and water containers are freshly filled and replenished on a daily basis. And once they start laying eggs, then you have to gather the eggs daily as well. Cleaning their coops daily or every other day is good enough and their beddings have to be changed once every 3 or 4 weeks depending on weather conditions.

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9 Comments

  • By John Fowler, May 4, 2009 @ 1:03 am

    To anyone considering getting chickens, the book looks like it has a wealth of information.

    The plans are good as well, but not what I needed.

    Can Bill or Stephanie Keene or Matt Anfuso please contact me.

  • By AndrewBoldman, June 4, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    The article on antibiotics are very good.

  • By KattyBlackyard, June 15, 2009 @ 4:53 am

    Great post! I’ll subscribe right now wth my feedreader software!

  • By ILoveChickensToo, October 27, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    As a young man in a farm, chickens have always been part and parcel of every day life. Our family have been raising chicken since my father was a small kid. Reading something about chickens is so nostalgic and I am glad to have found this site.

  • By craig, December 20, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

    Your Chicken coop looks really great it must have taken a while to build, i had some chicken plans of my own and they came out pretty good too.

  • By Damian Chicken Farm, January 6, 2010 @ 1:21 am

    This is a great post. It made me more inspire for second chicken farm. Thank you for this one.

  • By best steam cleaner, January 6, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Hi,
    Very nice information. Thanks for this.
    Regards,
    Jane

  • By Bruce, May 21, 2010 @ 4:53 am

    To anyone considering getting chickens, the book looks like it has a wealth of information.

    The plans are good as well, but not what I needed.

    Can Bill or Stephanie Keene or Matt Anfuso please contact me.

  • By Amy, June 5, 2010 @ 7:44 am

    This is a great post. It made me more inspire for second chicken farm. Thank you for this one.

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