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Health Benefits of Backyard Chickens

Faithful HomesteaderI never imagined myself raising chickens, but one day a stray chicken changed everything. My husband had been talking about getting chickens and this one came to us. We added another chicken to the flock, and I became an instant chicken mama. As time goes by, I realize more and more the health benefits to raising these fascinating animals. 

 chickens benefits
Our Cochin Bantam Buster and Bantam mix Keypone enjoying some free-range time.

Outdoor time

Before chickens, I spend most of my time indoors. Now I daily spend a good deal of time outdoors with the chickens. It is a great way to get a fresh dose of Vitamin D. It is also a great quiet time, and I use the opportunity to pray. It slows me down and keeps me from spending so much time watching TV or being on the computer.

Eggs

Of course, eggs are a great health benefit from backyard chickens. They are a source of protein and there is nothing like pasture-raised eggs. I actually was not much of an egg eater before my chickens, but they lay good eggs. We never buy from the store even when the girls are on strike.

Brain power

The chickens are a good way for me to exercise my brain muscles. I always have to keep on my toes. I love learning about them. I observe their behavior, vocalizations and poo. I am their protector. I always have to keep an eye out for predators.

Social life

The chickens really changed my life. I was so surprised to see just how interested people were in hearing about my chickens. People always ask me about the chickens and tell me how they enjoy my chicken stories. The chickens inspired me to start the Faithful Homesteader blog.

Entertainment

The girls are entertaining. I love seeing how they interact with each other and with us. I am fascinated watching them take dirt baths and free ranging. My husband and I are always discussing the chickens. We definitely have a soft spot for the stray. She is a unique girl. The girls are a good pick-me-up when my mood is not good.

Do you have chickens? Are you planning to add them to your homestead? I would love to hear about how you got started raising chickens. What is your favorite thing about them?

faithfulhomesteader
6/24/2015 10:00:14 PM

kittyclaus thanks for sharing. It is always nice to meet other chicken folk :-).


kittyclaus
6/24/2015 10:34:21 AM

FaithfulHomsteader! I whole heartily agree that raising chickens are beneficial to our health! Just talking about them makes me happy and others too. We are in our third year of raising happy chickens and currently have a flock of 13 free-range chickies. The eggs are delicious especially with the lush spring/summer grass and juicy bugs they've been eating! I love watching them gobble up fat worms I dig for them and chase after one another when I throw out grapes. They really make you appreciate the serenity and beauty of nature; love having coffee early in the cool morning and watching them go about on their route around the yard. I could go on talking about my chickens for days with all the funny stories they've given me to tell! Thank you for your sharing your chicken blog! Take care of those chickies and they'll definitely take care of you. Happy chickens = Happy life!


faithfulhomesteader
6/22/2015 8:20:22 PM

Thank you NebraskaDave. I can agree with what you are saying. There is plenty that I can't do.


nebraskadave
6/20/2015 9:50:38 AM

Faithful Homesteader, Welcome to the GRIT blogging community. I like reading about those that are homestead living and have many interests. I've never been a fan of chickens. My uncle had chickens and my Mom had chickens during my early years of life. About the only thing I remember about chickens was cleaning out the chicken coop in July and trying to out manner those old bitty hens when collecting eggs. Not that getting pecked hurt that much but just the thought of them trying to bite me was not comfortable for me. Yes, I do like fried chicken and eggs but I would rather trade services for eggs and chicken meat than raise them. Communities are all about doing what you do best and coming together to help each other out. So if I can take pallets and re engineer them into something that's useful for a few dozen eggs, than I'm a happy man. I'm pretty sure that's what homesteading is all about. I just couldn't see how me trying to do every thing myself would work. It takes a community to keep a thriving homestead going, don't you think? ***** Have a great entertaining chicken day.