If you have made the decision to start raising your own chickens or are already raising your flock, you are probably already aware of some of the benefits but here is a list of 5 benefits to keeping backyard chickens.
Home-Kept Eggs Are Healthier.
Studies done by Mother Earth News suggests that home grown eggs contain:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene
There's a consensus among backyard chicken owners that the eggs their flocks produce are safer (and tastier) due to the fact that they have full control of their birds diet. Raising your own chickens ensures that your flock is getting a balanced and healthy intake of proper nutrients and vitamins paramount to producing eggs safe for human consumption.
You Can Save Money From Home Produced Eggs.
Having three or more chickens that constantly produce eggs saves you the trouble and cost of buying organic eggs at your local supermarket and we all know how expensive they can be. A normal hen has the ability to lay an average of 300 eggs a year, provided that they are getting the proper nourishment.
The Waste Products Of Your Chickens Can Be Utilized As Fertilizers.
It has always been noted in many sources that chicken waste is one of the best fertilizers around for its high amount of nutrients and nitrogen, which can help your garden produce vegetables at a faster rate. And the fact that they're organic makes your crops free from harmful chemicals. It's also a plus that your chickens feed on bugs and insects that incessantly wreak havoc on your crops.
Chickens Make Good Pets.
The hens, especially the "bantam" types, are docile in nature, not to mention that they are total beauties! Many types of breeds are beautiful in appearance, most notably Barred Rocks, Wyandottes, Orpingtons and Cochins. Chickens, while not as smart as dogs, can be very playful, hilarious and friendly. If trained well, some of them can eventually pull off some tricks, and you might even use them to impress your friends.
On that note, Chickens are therapy animals.
Finally, chickens can make for some of the best friends you'll ever have. They're self-reliant but also loving and the perfect addition to any family. They are helping me overcome the death of my father, and a divorce. There's something so lovely about being at peace with nature right in your own backyard.
These are only a few benefits of raising your own chickens.
We hope that you enjoy embarking on this fun and exciting journey!
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