Raising your own chickens, whatever your intentions of raising may be, has its benefits. With how the economy runs nowadays, people are now seeing how they can save dollars from producing their own foods, rather than purchasing from groceries. Aside from producing your own supply of eggs from the chickens, there are other benefits too.
- Healthier eggs
If you have the ability and passion to take care of your chickens, you may be able to produce healthier chickens, and from healthier chickens, come healthier eggs. It is a well known fact that chickens from factories are fed with unnatural and commercial chicken feeds, so the eggs that come from them are not that nutritious, especially compared to backyard chickens that are allowed to peck the soil and run around, which is their normal habitat.
- Tastier eggs
Because eggs from groceries are delivered from factories, which may take a day or two before it gets delivered, or sometimes when eggs do not get sold from the shelves, we may buy eggs that are days – or even weeks old. The age of the eggs affects its taste, nutrition and consistency. However, when you have your own eggs supply, you know how old these eggs are. Therefore most of the time you’ll have fresh eggs, because you’ll probably check on your hens every day.
- Chicken droppings
Furthermore, chicken droppings are high in nitrogen, which can be used to combine with soil in your compost bin. Aside from having fresh eggs, you’ll have your own healthy quality compost.
- Less bugs
Because chickens tend to scratch around, the bugs in the soil get pecked and pecked all the time, lessening the bugs population in your home.
- Good lesson for kids
We all know that kids tend to ask a lot of questions at times. Chickens can be a great way of discussing with your children about the lessons on where food comes from and how food can be attained once you have worked hard for it. They can also be taught the proper way on how to take care of animals and that they also have the basic needs that humans have.
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