Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 139 – 5 Reasons why you should consider getting chickens

5 reasons why you might want to consider getting chickens:

1. Once you set chickens up, they require very little maintenance – even in the winter.
A sturdy henhouse, protection from predators (we use an enclosed coop as well as a fenced in dog/hen pen), and enough heat for a light bulb and a water heater in the winter and you’re golden.

2. You don’t need a rooster in order to get eggs – your neighbors will be happy to know about this.
Although I would suggest just about anyone who has a bit of land get a chicken or two, I would not suggest that anyone who has neighbors nearby go anywhere near a rooster. Roosters crow, at all hours. Not an ideal situation if you want to keep peace in the neighborhood.

Hens need roosters to make chicks but hens do not need roosters to make eggs. Eggs are going to keep coming whether the boys are there or not.

3. A typical “farm-style” chicken lays an egg roughly every other day – that’s a lot of eggs.
A mini flock of just three hens will keep you in eggs for a long time.

Think about it, 3 eggs every 2 days. With a flock of 3 hens that means in a 6 day period you would get roughly 9 eggs every week for about 7-9 years. That’s a pretty good return on a relatively small investment. (and this doesn’t even include the amusement value hens provide).

4. Chickens eat chicken feed (which is inexpensive). They also eat left over kitchen scraps, as well as garden and lawn pests.
Since we’ve gotten chickens, our dogs haven’t had one tick. We’re all pretty happy about that.

Although you shouldn’t give chickens highly spiced foods (makes the eggs taste “skunky”), things with lots of sugar, or anything that has meat or obvious egg in it, all else is acceptable. We don’t compost food anymore, we feed it to the girls. With a family of 6 kids, the extra bits from scrapping the dinner plates off now becomes a welcome snack for the flock.

Chickens – by eating the scraps and then giving us eggs- are the ultimate in recycling.

5. If you own chickens, you will never be at a loss for party conversation.
No matter where I go, people want to hear stories about the chickens. They bring their children over to see them and proudly tell others that their home baked goodies were made with local fresh eggs from our flock.

People like chickens, they really, really like them and if you treat them well, your chickens will thank you for being a friend.

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6 responses to “Project Chickens before the Eggs – Lesson 139 – 5 Reasons why you should consider getting chickens

  1. Hi Wendy,
    I’ve been meaning to ask you this for a few months now. We have three cats at the house, two of which are indoor/outdoor and good hunters. Do cats typically leave full grown chickens alone or consider them prey? I know that when the wild turkeys roam through our yard, the cats take a more passive stance. I’m guessing that they would do the same with hens?

    • wethomas

      Scott,

      We have a neighborhood outdoor cat who now seems to constantly live in our backyard. Our birds are fenced during the day but occasionally one will jump the fence. When we see this, we go out and rescue her. I’m not too worried with the larger birds, I think all of my standard hens could take on “Hunter” – the cat (especially our alpha girl Zelda). When chickens are alarmed, they squawk and flap their wings which makes them look like the Schwarzeneggers of the fowl world.To a cat, this is pretty intimidating.

      Chickens also have the ability to fly (the longest recorded flight for a chicken in 13+ seconds) enough anyway to get them to the safety of a low branch.

      I would not, however, let our bantams (smaller birds) or our youngest birds loose in the yard without someone there to watch. In that instant, I think the cat would win.

      The other day I saw one of our birds peck on of our dogs on the nose. Now even the dogs won’t bother the chickens when they are in the pen.

      Wendy

      • Thanks for the feedback Wendy. I think it’s a fun project but have my doubts as to whether I’ll ever convince my much better half. :-)

      • wethomas

        Chickens have a way of teaching you what you didn’t realize you needed to know.

        I say go for it. :-)

  2. Enjoyed you article. I am a lover of chickens for the past 5 years. My chickens do so much for me emotionally, keeping fire ants out of the yard, providing food and entertainment. Cora Early

    • wethomas

      Cora!

      Welcome to the flock. So happy to connect with another chicken lover. Amazing creatures these chickens! I have one (I’ll be writing a post about her soon) who thinks she’s a puppy, whenever I sit down in the pen she runs up to me and snuggles against me falling asleep while I stroke her back. Just amazing.

      I’ll go check out your blog right now.

      Wendy

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