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.