Raising chickens in your backyard is incredibly rewarding. Not just for the eggs but it’s awesome to see something you’ve cared for produce food for you!
Top 10 Reasons to Raise Chickens (and Ducks too!):
- You know what’s in your food. The only thing better than buying organic and hormone free anything is to grow or raise it yourself. Chickens are one of those things, whether for meat or eggs, that you can feasibly do with very little room.
- Self-sustainability. What do you make when you’ve been too busy to get to the store and the fridge is empty? Eggs. You can simply tromp out to your coop every day and pick a nutritious start to any meal.
- Exercise. If you’ve never cleaned a chicken coop, let me tell you it can be work! Hauling grain bags once a week. Cleaning out the coop. Bending to get into the nests, hauling water to the coop if it’s not hooked up… there’s lots of things to get you moving. It’s not constant hard work, but there’s always something to do!
- Generosity. Family and friends frequently receive a dozen eggs from us when we visit. We can share with them the fruits of our labour and bring them something they can use!
- Making money. We sell the eggs we don’t eat and it helps pay for the feed. Obviously if you wanted to go bigger scale the money would be greater which would lead to actual profit.
- They don’t need a lot of space. As I mentioned above, raising chickens can be done with relatively little space. You can have a mini barnyard with chickens on a city-sized lot.
- Easy to care for. Chickens may not cuddle with you quite the same as a dog or cat (although ours love to be petted), they are very easy to care for. Food, water, heat in the winter, access to the outdoors and a place to roost off the ground and they are pretty happy.
- It’s fun. I actually think it’s fun to tromp out to the barn and gather eggs (although I must confess, I send My Guy out in the winter!) and count to see how many we’ve got every day.
- It’s a conversation piece. When people ask where I live and if I have pets, I talk about chickens. It fascinates people and give me a chance to teach them about where their food comes from!
- Purpose. There are some gloomy, dark and dreary weekends when I want to just crawl back under the covers and wait for the sunshine. But the chickens must eat and the eggs must be gathered. On the days when I’d love to do absolutely nothing, the chickens are a reason to slip on the boots and at least cross the backyard to gather eggs. Often times it’s the push I need to do another something around the house.