City dwelling chickens are fashionable! As more and more cities are adopting chicken-friendly zoning laws, more and more city folks are opting to raise chickens of their own. There are heaps of reasons to consider raising chickens in urban locations. Here are a few of them:
1. Chickens are low-maintenance pets. You do not have to take them out for daily walks and buy them toys and teach them tricks. They’re content with food, water, and adequate shelter (approximately 4 square feet per chicken) to avoid cramped conditions.
2. Chickens are cheap pets ( no pun meant). The only real major expense in having chickens is developing (or buying) a chicken coop. Otherwise, their food ( that is less than $15 for 50 lbs) and basic care is minimal. Even chicks are inexpensive-you can buy them for between $2-5 each.
3. You’ll be able to get a great deal of fresh eggs. You can by and large expect an egg a day from most chickens (although this number varies dependent on the breed, health and different conditions of your chicken). These eggs are healthier for you and look and taste better too. What other pet will pay for their room and board like this?
4. Chickens give you free fertilizer. If you possess chickens of your own, there will never be a reason to buy chicken manure again! You’ll have a new supply. Add can compost to your compost bin or utilize a deep litter method in your hen house and let the chickens compost it for you.
5. You’ll be raising natural bug killers. They love bugs and worms and different crawly things and are more than happy to eat them out of the yard for you.
6. Chickens are more entertaining than visiting the comedy club. Chicken watching is a fantastic, free pastime. I’m convinced that hanging out with chickens reduces stress. (At least it’s worked with my family-even calming the most hyperactive children!) Since laughter is good medicine and being happy helps you live longer, you could even argue that having chickens will help you develop…but not before you’re time!
7. Chickens are in general gentle, sweet animals- particularly when they get heaps of handling when they’re small. Our chickens come when called and will sit quietly with children for over an hour individually. A buddy told me of their son who would bike around the local area with his pet chicken riding on the handlebars.
8. Chickens do not get too big. They don’t take up a vast amount of space and they don’t consume a vast amount of food. They’re an ideal fit for the majority of urban backyards (and way more economical than several other pets).
9. You do not have to be a specialist to have chickens. With a little basic facts, you can find out about as you go. It’s easy to get moving and easy to keep going.
10. Content chickens don’t make a ton of noise. Yes, they like to chat to one another. And yes, they like to squawk to congratulate one another when they lay an egg. But by and large they shouldn’t make so much noise that they annoy you or the neighbors (unless you happen to possess a rooster in the bunch-then beware!)
Before you invest in a chicken raising adventure in the city, check your local ordinances (and HOA’s) to ensure they’re legal where you reside. Most cities have rules as to the amount of chickens you can have (and most will not allow roosters). There also can be rules as to where the chicken coop has to be located ( the amount of feet far from the neighbors or from the front property line, etc.) Determining the facts before you get moving will save time finally.