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Have you thought about raising backyard chickens for your family? It has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family! Here are 5 reasons why you should raise backyard chickens.
Need I say more? With the rise in the price of eggs, this reason alone could be enough to convince many people that backyard chickens are the perfect pet. Eggs raised in your backyard are healthier and more humane than factory farmed eggs you get in the supermarket.
What is a chickens favorite snack? Bugs. These creepy crawling critters that roam around all summer are a delicacy to chickens, and backyard chickens will keep them away from you. As weather cools and unwanted pests like roaches make a break for your home to build a safe winter nest, your chickens will snatch them up for breakfast long before they get a chance to find that crack in your siding.
Powerful Garden Fertilizer
Chicken manure makes a great fertilizer for your garden. Just toss the bedding right into your compost bin and let it sit to break down for up to 6 weeks. Add to your garden and enjoy the extra produce as a result. Chicken poop is high in nitrogen so it must be composted for up to 6 weeks to prevent the nitrogen from burning the plants. This method has helped our tomato plants to grow phenomenal tall this year!
Chickens will keep the birds and ants from destroying your lawn, all while aerating the soil and composting your grass down. The manure left behind will work its way down and help the lawn look lush and pretty. Even better, all you have to do is water and let the birds out every morning.
The Best Meat
Home grown chicken is raised humanely and clean of chemicals, fillers, hormones and antibiotics. You know exactly what is in your home raised meat and the life your chickens lived. The year we raised meat birds, I ate the best chicken I’ve ever had. It literally melted in your mouth. If you have the space, raise backyard chickens for meat and eggs.