During my research about raising backyard chickens I have encountered a lot of pros and cons. Some think that it is expensive to groom the chickens just for the eggs because eggs can be pretty cheap in the stores, and others think that raising backyard chickens is a very good thing because the eggs are not laid by genetically modified chickens and it pays out in the end. I agree with the latter and only because of the healthy benefits of raising chickens in your own backyard but in time I have found out many more benefits.
1. Raising backyard chickens is not as expensive as you might think
With the right diet your chickens can be well fed and your eggs can be full with more nutritious materials and therefore they will have more quality. It is very likely that almost everything you need to feed your chickens to make them healthier and more productive is already in your possession, stuff like the food you usually throw away and earth worms.
2. You will need to buy some chicken food though but you will cover the expenses by not having to buy eggs.
It is scientifically proven that the eggs that you gain from backyard chickens are healthier and with more quality than the ones you buy from big companies. The small flock of chickens that you will have in your backyard will have more room than the ones that are in an egg factory which automatically affects the mood of the chicken which is very
important for the egg quality. The chickens will pick from your ground and you can use them instead of turning your compost yourself which will save you a lot of time and energy.
3. Keeping chickens in your backyard is also good for your family
Using them as pets they can help your small children to improve their communication skills and they can be good company for your dog. Letting your children to feed the chickens and giving them chores around the chicken coop can teach them a lot about responsibility and in time help them become better persons.
A small flock of chickens in your backyard is the perfect small thing investment you can make if you live in a suburban house, and if you do some research you will see that many people are practicing this. I am not implying that raising chickens in your backyard is all sunshine and rainbows but I am certain that once you get a hold of the whole process it will be very easy to keep up with their needs.
4. Chickens in your backyard are a free pest control unit
They will eat pretty much everything from beetles to grasshoppers and ticks. If you have a garden you will be amazed how better it will look if you let your chickens take care of the pests in your yard instead of using some pesticide full of chemicals that can harmful for you and your children after using them for a long time.
5. They are also a weed control unit for your garden
By picking and scratching the ground they will eat and therefore get rid of the weed seeds that the wind has blown in and in the next year your garden will be even prettier than before.
If your job or the job of your family members is keeping you from living in the country, raising chickens in your backyard is the perfect thing for you to get a sense of the country life and enjoy a part of its simplicity. Raising backyard chickens will teach you a lot about self sustainability and I think that we all agree that a lesson about self sustainability is important for everyone to learn.
One problem that most people have with raising backyard chickens in is the chicken coop. I am not sure why but many people seem to think that building their own chicken coop is expensive and hard. I can personally guarantee that building your own chicken coop for your backyard chickens is very easy and it doesn’t take too much time. I tried using this manual for my own chicken coop and I am more than satisfied with the outcome – I highly recommend that if you want to keep chickens in your backyard you try using it because it gives you the chicken coop every chicken deserves.