It seems having backyard chickens is becoming very popular. Quite a few of our friends have chickens, and they supply us with fresh eggs.
But having fresh eggs is just one of the great reasons to keep backyard chickens.
Here are a few more.
Teaches your children where food comes from
Instead of your children thinking everything comes from the supermarket, they will learn that chickens lay the eggs they eat. This will give them a sense of responsibility as they help out with feeding the chickens and collecting the eggs. It will also be exciting for them when they see the chickens laying their eggs. It may also encourage them to grow their own fruits and vegetables.
Chickens are low maintenance
Once you set up your chicken coop and establish a flock, caring for chickens is minimal. You may only need 10 minutes a day making sure they have plenty of food and water, throwing out scraps for them to snack on, and checking for eggs.
Chickens eat bugs
You won’t have to use harmful pesticides to keep your garden clear of bugs, as the chickens will eat them. They love pecking around for bugs, and searching through the grass and rocks; it keeps them entertained. Chickens eat scorpions, grasshoppers, ticks, termites, caterpillars, worms, slugs, fly eggs and pupae, beetles, weevils, spiders, centipedes, and snails, among others.
Chicken poop makes great fertilizer
Chicken poop is high in nitrogen, and also contains good amounts of potassium and phosphorus, making it the best manure to use. However, the high amount of nitrogen is dangerous for your vegetables, and could burn or kill them. To make it useful on your garden, you need to compost your chicken manure.
When I was at a kids party recently, there where chickens there, which all the kids were very entertained by. They all have different personalities and quirky behaviors. There are many different types of breeds, many of which are quite pretty.
To learn more about raising chickens, check out this guide.