Raising Backyard Chickens

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Many homeowners increasingly desire to keep small flocks of chickens in their backyards. Backyard Chicken Farming is becoming more and more popular. Depending on where you live this may be easier said than done. Some areas require permits and have restrictions on how many chickens you can raise.

Keeping chickens can be good for you. If you eat eggs, there is an added health benefit. Evidence suggest that fresh eggs raised from your backyard chickens are higher in critical vitamins, minerals and fatty acids. An egg from a well tended backyard chicken will have a thicker formed egg shell and a rich orange yolk. Store bought eggs will have a thin brittle egg shell and a pale yolk. Eggs from backyard chickens taste better and they are better. Chickens not only produce food they can help dispose of it too.Vegetable cores and peels and stems, bread, apple cores, and melon rinds can all go to the chickens.

Raising a flock of backyard chickens teaches us practical lessons about ecology, Economics, attentiveness and time management, health, weather and patience. Spend a while with a flock of backyard chickens and you will understand. A flock of backyard chickens will particularly benefit young children, who should learn these lessons early and often.

Obviously you need to be prepared for the realities of chicken farming. Chickens do require some care and attention. However, in today’s world you can find out almost everything you need to know from the internet. Everything from diseases and how to treat them to what type feed is best for your chickens. If you have the space and resources there is no reason you shouldn’t have backyard chickens.

The cost to get into backyard chicken farming is fairly inexpensive. It’s like everything else, you can spend as little or as much as you desire. It is cheaper to buy the baby chicks than it is to by full grown hens. However you will haave to wait about 5 to 6 months before they start laying eggs. Something else you need to consider is they only lay eggs for a few years so they will need to be replaced occasionally if you are using them for egg production. We have a different report on what it cost to keep backyard chickens, but it can be very inexpensive. Especially if you eat the eggs.

Backyard chickens are good for everyone, you, your family, land, the chickens, and they can improve the health of your mind and body. To learn more click on the link below.

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