The Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens… ?
So what exactly are the benefits you may ask.
Here is a short list just to name a few.
So now let’s go into some detail on each one…
First of all let’s get one misconception out of the way first… You do not need a Rooster to have eggs! I have been asked that question many times. Hens are hatched with exactly the amount of eggs (as cells) they are ever going to lay, no rooster needed folks! The amount they lay over their lifetime has already been determined by this. Also, the frequency of which they lay is determined by their breed.
Now if you want to raise chicks from your own flock… then yes you need a Rooster! Check your local city ordinance though, for instance were I live, Roosters are not allowed in the city limits.
Backyard Chicken Eggs(Natural Chicken Eggs) and Industrial Mass Egg Production a comparison.
Eggs that you get normally from the grocery store are industrially mass produced. These chickens are kept in rows of small cages called battery cages of up to 8 hens each and they have a short lifespan.
Mass produced eggs nutritional value actually fall short of natural eggs. In a test done by the USDA in 2007, free ranging chicken or backyard chicken eggs contain 1/3 less cholesterol, 1/4 less saturated fat and 3 times more vitamin E than mass produced eggs.
Best of all, Backyard Chicken Eggs taste a heck of a lot better!
Chickens love bugs… period. In my backyard, bugs don’t have a chance if my birds spot em. When they do it is very entertaining to watch to say the least. A bug to them is like a t-bone steak to us steak lovers and a huge salad to you vegetarians out there.
Letting them free range in the backyard for a while everyday won’t kill all the bugs but the Chickens will give it a huge try and insects are protein rich. As a side benefit your backyard chickens will till your yard and the bugs will help with your birds feed bill!
Watch them around your garden though! That tasty head of lettuce will make a fine meal!
Chickens poop… they a poop a lot. That’s just a fact about Chickens. I thoroughly clean my coop once a month or more if need be. It can get rather nasty in there! The good thing about Chicken Manure is you can use it as a fertilizer for your lawn or garden.
Chicken fertilizer is full of nutrients that your garden plants will enjoy especially if your soil is nitrogen deficient. Be careful though Chicken manure can get hot and can cause some kinds of garden plants to wither. So a good idea is to let your chicken manure compost for about 4-6 months.
The title says it all…
Chickens are entertaining… just sit and watch them for 10 minutes. Honestly though some chickens are going to be friendlier to you than others. Some factors that account for this are their breed, this can determine their temperament, and also how you raise them.
For example my Leghorn “Prissy” (yes, she’s named after the Looney Tune Character), she loves to sit on my shoulder like a parrot, I raised her from a chick.
Now “Bella Boop“, my Light Brahma which I bought from a hatchery out of Texas doesn’t like to be bothered. My other birds like to be petted, she doesn’t. She thunders off (she’s a big bird!) as fast as her legs can carry her. Shes coming around though.
These are just a few of the Benefits of Raising Backyard Chickens can provide. I hope you have enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed writing it!