9 Reasons to Raise Chickens
Perhaps you’ve already made the exciting decision to raise your very own backyard chickens. Or, perhaps you are the neighbor of a friendly flock owner and are curious about what’s going on across the property lines. Or, perhaps you are considering chickens because you need a new hobby.
The truth is, everyone has their reasons for tending to a flock of chickens, but there may be a few reasons that surprise you. Here’s where most Murdoch’s customers fall:
#1 Fresh Eggs
Did you know that the eggs you purchase in the grocery store could be up to two months old? Yes, you heard that right. If the thought unsettles you, raising chickens can provide you with fresh eggs daily.
Eggs from backyard flocks have been found to be more nutritious than those purchased in the grocery store. In fact, here is what studies say:
- 7 times more vitamin A and Beta Carotene which is good for your eyesight.
- 2 times the amount of vitamin E which is good for your hair, skin, and cholesterol levels.
- 292 mg of Omega 3 fatty acid are found in a backyard egg versus 0.33 mg found in a store-bought egg.
- Lower levels of saturated fat are found in home grown eggs.
#3 Know Where Your Eggs are Coming From
You know firsthand how your chickens are being raised and treated.
Did you know that chickens can recognize up to one hundred different faces? It’s true. They also love to play; they dream, they mourn, and they love. And chickens will teach the whole family to appreciate where your food comes from. It’s quite the learning experience, and you don’t have to walk them daily.
If you are a gardener, prepare for the ultimate in fertilization. With its high nutrient levels, chicken manure is ideal in your garden or mixed into your compost.
#6 Pest Control
Chickens love to snack on bugs and even small rodents.
#7 Less Food Waste
Cut down on your contribution to the landfill by feeding your leftover food scraps to your girls. If you go this route, there are some guidelines to follow. Chickens cannot eat all types of food scraps. Grains and veggies are generally safe.
Don’t Feed Chickens:
- Anything super salty
- Processed foods
- Raw potato peels, which can be toxic
- Garlic, onion and other strong-tasting foods, which won’t hurt, but will give your eggs an interesting taste
- Avocado pits and skins, which are also toxic
- Coffee or coffee grinds
- Chocolate, which can be toxic
- Greasy foods
- Anything spoiled or rotten
- Raw meat, which can lead to cannibalism
- Greasy foods
#8 Weed Control
Weeds like dandelions, clover, and lambsquarter are both nutritious and delicious for your flock.
#9 Sheer Entertainment
Chickens are funny, and each has a personality of its own. You will love watching them day in and day out.