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Having Fresh Eggs Isn’t the Only Advantage to Keeping Chickens

Having fresh eggs isn't the only reason to keep chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)
Having fresh eggs isn't the only reason to keep chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

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

Chick hatching out of egg. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

Chick hatching out of its egg. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

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

A minimal amount of time is need to care for chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

A minimal amount of time is required to care for chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

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

Chickens will eat all your unwanted bugs. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

Chickens will eat all your unwanted bugs. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

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 manure is great fertilizer, but make sure you compost it first so it doesn't burn your vegetables. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

Chicken manure is great fertilizer, but make sure you compost it first so it doesn’t burn your vegetables. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)

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.

Entertainment

There are many different breeds of chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

There are many different breeds of chickens. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain.)

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.

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