Top 10 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens

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It’s time to talk chickens (OK, so the saying might be that it’s time to talk turkey, but let’s save turkeys for another article. Today, it’s all about chickens!) Chickens are a terrific way for almost anyone to get plenty of health benefits and enjoy the heck out of doing it, all at the same time.

Have you thought about getting your own chickens? You might not have thought of chickens as pets, but they have tons of personality and are extremely easy to care for. You don’t need a rooster, unless you want to make more little chickies, of course, so you don’t have to worry about your neighbor complaining. All you need is a little bit of space- even a rooftop will work! If you have a small yard, a big yard, or even just a side garden, those will all work, too!

Still not convinced? Check out the top 10 reasons why you should keep a few backyard chickens.


1. Fresh, Organic Eggs

OK, let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Most people keep chickens for eggs. When you collect eggs from your own birds, you know you are getting free range, healthy eggs from healthy birds. You can get a variety of birds and get different colored eggs, almost like having a miniature Easter egg hunt every morning! You will never equal the freshness or the quality of an egg from your own chickens. You can eat an egg that is literally only hours, or even minutes old. Store bought eggs are often 6 weeks old already by the time you get them. Eggs from your own chickens are so much more nutritious than eggs from caged hens, hands down. Find out eggs health benefits.


2. Know What’s in Your Food

So many factory-farmed chickens are fed complete crap. These companies give them the cheapest junk they can find because they don’t care about nutrition, they only care about making an extra buck. When you have your own chickens, you know exactly what they are being fed so you can feel more confident knowing your birds were not fed GMO or soy. You can customize your chicken feed so you can have the highest quality eggs possible. If you choose to butcher your chickens for meat, you will find that free range birds not only taste better, they are also much more nutrient dense than caged birds. Nothing beats the peace of mind of knowing that there are no diseases, no antibiotics, and no growth hormones in what you are eating.

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