5 REASONS TO RAISE BACKYARD CHICKENS
1. FRESH EGGS
Need it even be said? Fresh, colorful and healthy eggs everyday from your own backyard.
2. NOT SUPPORTING COMMERCIAL EGG INDUSTRY
You no longer support the commercial egg industry. Aside from the few and often hard to find farmers who raise their chickens in humane environments, the majority of commercial egg laying hens are subject to a miserable existence. They are crowded into cages or warehouses without access to fresh air and sun. The chickens cannot express their chickenness by pecking, scratching and eating natural bugs and plants. When you raise your own chickens, you can rest assured knowing that your eggs come from happy chickens.
3. FUN TO WATCH
Chickens are simply fun to watch. How many songs have you heard about people enjoying sitting and watching the chickens peck the ground? There is a reason you know. There is simply something soothing and relaxing about watching animals act in their natural environment.
Raising chickens is a great way to teach your children about where their food comes from, compassion for animals and the concept of the circle of life. Most people are completely disconnected from the food they eat and teaching children that food does not just show up on the grocery store shelf is a valuable lesson. Also, there is no doubt that animals of any kind enhance the life of children. Finally, it is inevitable that some of your chickens will die or even be killed by predators. Although you may want to shelter our children from these situations, there is a valuable lesson to be learned from these experiences about life and death and how nature's circle of life works.
5. LESS WASTE
Chickens are natural composters. You can feed most of the vegetable, fruit and bread food scraps generated in your kitchen to the chickens. It is a great way to reduce your waste by sending less garbage to the landfills.