So you are thinking of raising chickens? This is now a very popular hobby for people in the last 5 years, particularly as there has been a raised focus on self sufficiency with the recession and the progressively ‘greening’ economy that we are living in.
Chickens are fairly low maintenance and can provide a good deal of ‘low cost’ pleasure. So what are a few of the advantages of raising chickens?
Chickens Love Foodscraps! – Chickens will eat most of your foodscraps, so don’t throw out anything that is expired or out of date! If you tend to have a lot of food scraps, this can make upkeep chickens quite operationally effective!
Free Eggs – Eggs are a fantastic spin-off of raising chickens. Eggs have a high level of protein and are fantastic for doing scrambled eggs or omelettes for the first meal of the day, in addition to other recipes for cakes or lunches.
Chickens are great fertilizers! – Chickens are a fantastic source of fertilizer for the land. They lay 50% of their poop in the evening and if you’ve your chicken roosts set up with poop trays you can collect most of this poop each morning and use for fertilizer.
Low Maintenance Pets – Chickens are more often than not low maintenance. They need feeding and watering once a day. Waterers and feeders should be looked into daily as well as these can become clogged, or if you live in a cold climate water can become frozen as well. You should look at cleaning your coops at least once every week, with a decent spring clean every 6 months or so.
Fresh Meat – Whilst some people raise chickens just for their eggs, others raise chickens for their meat as well. In today’s environment, individuals have a higher expectation of wishing to know where their food is from and greater control of the stipulations it was raised in. So in raising chickens themselves, people know precisely where their food is coming from.
There are fantastic benefits to raising chickens, we’ve outlined some above. One of the greatest benefits all the same, is the pure enjoyment for you and your loved ones seeing your chickens scratch and forage around. Once you’ve chose to raise chickens, then your next decision has to be how to create a chicken coop!