It’s pretty safe to say we love chickens and there are thousands of other people all over the world that love their chickens too. Today, we’re looking at the top reasons to start keeping chickens.
- Fresh eggs!
This is probably the top reason that people start keeping chickens and having a daily supply of fresh eggs is certainly a good enough reason for us.
Not only will you get the satisfaction of collecting your own eggs but you’ll also know exactly what went into making them. You are what you eat after all!
- Chickens are educational
Keeping chickens in your back garden is a great way to teach your children a little bit more about where their food comes from.
Having any pet is a valuable lesson in respecting and caring for animals but having a pet that gives you a tasty treat back in return for your love and dedication is even better.
- Your garden will be bug free
If you let your chickens free range you’ll be amazed how quickly they get rid of all the bugs in your garden.
Worms, slugs, beetles, flies, snails, and spiders all make a tasty snack for hens so you’ll be provided with free pest control all year around.
- Chickens are low maintenance
Most common breeds of chicken are hardy, easy to care for, and low maintenance making them an ideal pet.
Usually as long as your flock has food, water, exercise, and a clean shelter they’ll be happy. Of course, how fancy you want to make your chicken house is up to you!
- You’ll get free fertiliser
Whether you let or hens free range or not you’ll still have an abundance of glorious free fertiliser that your plants will love.
The high nitrogen content of chicken poo means that it turns into brilliant compost so put it on your flower beds and wait for your plants to thrive.
- You’ll cut down your food wastage
Chickens are like compost bins and will happily guzzle down your left over kitchen scraps.
A squashed cauliflower, a handful of sweetcorn, or a few pieces of bacon rind will always be a welcome treat for your flock.
- Chickens enhance any garden
Even the plainest breed of chicken is beautiful and there are plenty of ornamental breeds if you want something really spectacular.
- Chickens are entertaining
In return for as little as 15 minutes per day of your time you’ll get hours of entertainment back.
You’ll soon learn that each chicken has her own personality and all of the different breeds have their own character traits.