Top 5 Reasons to Raise Backyard Chickens

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My Mom has chickens, and let me tell you, there are no eggs on the planet better than REAL free-range foraging chicken eggs. The yolks are bright orange and buttery and the taste is out of this world! While we love that we can get eggs from my Mom, we do not live next door to her. Sometimes we run out and have to buy them from the store. Gasp! The more we buy, the more I want to just start up a coop of my own in the backyard! Here are the top 5 reasons that I hope to do this SOON!

1) FREE eggs (well, not completely free), cheap eggs. The cost of raising eggs is so much less than it costs to buy the highest quality of eggs from the store.

2) Fresh eggs. If you have never plucked an egg from the coop and brought it into the house for breakfast minutes later, then you haven’t lived. Seriously, it is amazing! I love to eat the yolk just slightly runny and thoroughly enjoy all of the benefits of that nutritional powerhouse. Plus, the kids LOVE to help find the eggs, its like an Easter Egg hunt every day!

3) Learning and connecting. When you raise and care for something all by yourself you connect with it. We even named my Mom’s chickens and it is fun to get to know their personalities. Some chickens can be quite the unique individuals. My kids love to sit in the coop and feed them scraps. It’s such a fun way to connect (and disconnect from TV and our various media devices) with nature and learn all about the circle of life. This might just be my biggest reason to want to get chickens of our own! My kids would learn so much!!!

4) Chickens eat bugs. Do I really need to go into any detail on this one? Especially those of you who live in the Midwest, you KNOW about bugs! Especially ticks. Yep, chickens eat ticks. Heck you might just want to get chickens for this reason alone. I really dislike doing the tick-check every time I come inside, and having chickens might just make that experience more tolerable (because we won’t find and of those little buggers anymore!).

5) Chickens are easy. If you let your hens free range in the backyard, you will only have to clean out their coop every 3 to 4 weeks. The daily grind of having chickens is just like any other pet you might have: food, water, shelter. Hey, does your cat lay eggs? Go buy some chickens!

If you are curious about backyard chicken yourself, then I highly suggest picking up a copy of Oh Lardy’s NEW book: “The Guide to Keeping Backyard Chickens“. They detail everything you need to know, and even give you very nicely detailed (lots of pictures) instructions on building a cute coop in your yard. This book seriously rocks and you can read the whole thing in a day….and have chickens by the weekends end!

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