A few years ago we decided that we wanted to try raising our own chickens in our backyard. We read about the benefits and decided it was time for us to join the backyard chicken movement. Don’t worry raising chickens isn’t as hard as you might think and the benefits are amazing!
Eggs from backyard chickens are healthier-
Many people are now aware of how many commercial chickens are raised because of documentaries like Food Inc. Most factory farmed chickens live their lives in cramped dark cages in hen houses. Hens are fed a very unnatural diet which produce eggs quickly and cheaply. As a result factory chickens produce eggs that are less nutritious than backyard chickens.
Backyard chickens are free to roam, hunt, peck for bugs, and get exercise. They get to engage in their natural behavior. Eggs from backyard chickens have 25% more vitamin E, 33% more vitamin A, and 75% more beta carotene. Backyard chicken eggs also have significantly more omega-3 fatty acids.
Eggs from backyard chickens taste better-
You probably don’t want to know how old those eggs you buy from the store are. Store bought eggs can be weeks old which degrade the nutrition and taste.
Chickens from the backyard have brighter orange yolks and firmer whites. Backyard eggs have a rich flavor that is difficult to describe.
Chickens provide natural insect control-
As you allow your chickens to roam in the backyard they will hunt and gobble up all sorts of bugs like grubs and earwigs. It’s a win-win, the chickens get nutritious treats and you have an insect free yard!
Chickens provide natural composting-
When you raise chickens you don’t need to spend money on a traditional compost bin. Chickens love eating kitchen and garden scraps.
Backyard chickens teach children valuable lessons-
Chickens are one of the easiest pets to take care of. You don’t have to give chickens a bath or take them for walks. Chickens need daily food and fresh water and a clean coop. These are easy tasks for children to complete.
Children can also take part in gathering the eggs every day. The average hen will produce about 300 eggs a year.
Every chicken has a personality and they are usually very friendly. In fact our chickens will come sit our laps and let us pet them.
Your children will also learn valuable lessons about where their food comes from and how to appreciate the food they eat.
If you are looking to raise chickens for the health benefits or to just live a more sustainable life raising chickens are a great way to go!