Pets are the best! Every child should be able to experience having a pet for both companionship as well as responsibility. Granted, in certain family situations it may not be possible to have traditional pets such as dogs or cats, fish or birds.
Having chickens as pets isn’t exactly traditional either but they are really catching on more than ever before. Many municipalities are permitting small backyard coops with small numbers of chickens these days and others are considering them.
If you have never considered having a few chickens before, here are 10 good reasons to think about it.
Eggs – Once you’ve eaten really fresh, flavorful eggs, store-bought eggs won’t cut it anymore. A fresh organic egg is much higher in Omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin E and, at the same time, is lower in cholesterol.
Low-Maintenance – You won’t have to walk, brush or bathe chickens. All chickens need is water, food, and clean bedding once a month. They’ll reward you with eggs.
Personalities – Every chicken has its own personality. Really! One chicken may be quirky, another kooky and yet another scrappy, feisty, endearing, unique. You’ll name them and be amazed at how tame they can be. Some will follow you around endlessly. They wear pretty plumage, come in many colors, sizes and shapes. You can spoil them with treats, and even pick them up to give them hugs.
Save a Chicken – If you know anything about factory farms, then no comment is necessary. If you are not aware of chicken factory farms, you should do some simple research – it is cruel beyond words. Keeping a few chickens reduces your demand for store-bought eggs.
Sustainable Living – The numbers of people in the world are rapidly trashing the planet. Keeping backyard chickens is a small step in sustainable living. Read more about sustainable living with chickens.
Healthy Lawn – Allow chickens to range freely is benefit with bonus. They eat pests and turn them into fertilizer. Chickens love greens and will eat grass.
Chicken’s Feast – Chickens eat just about anything you do. In fact, they relish our food. Throw leftovers into the coop and watch the chickens dive in. Best not give them onions or garlic though.
Compost Pile – Chicken poop is rich in nitrogen. Composting is best when it’s nitrogen-rich. Presto! Eggshells are great, too.
Weed and Grass Clipping Removal – Chickens consider greens a treat. You’ll make them exceedingly happy if you give them weeds and grass clippings. They’ll eat what they want and pulverize the rest. Your small flock of chickens will get rid of garden debris without a trace.
Smartest Family on the Block – Chickens have many benefits but they’re still not very common. Be the first person friends and family know to have chickens. Have green eggs from your Ameraucana hens or chocolate brown eggs from your Maran hens. Show how a chicken will let your cuddle it. Let your chicken fall asleep in your arms. Pet your chicken. Show them your beautiful yard.
Kids enjoy chickens and they can make cool pets. In quite a lot of locales, having pet chickens has become chic.
Note from the writer: We have nine hens and one rooster. Our chickens lay green, olive green, amazing chocolate-colored, speckled and regular brown eggs. At My Pet Chicken, you can purchase as few as three chicks and you can even get juvenile pullets.
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