Learn the benefits to raising chickens in your backyard, as well as the trials that may come with it.
If you’re not allowed to raise large farm animals on your property, or you don’t have the room for them, consider raising chickens as an alternative. Chickens are small, loving animals who provide many of the same benefits as cows or horses, from laying fresh eggs to fertilizing your garden just by roaming through it.
Well-loved chickens can be sweet, entertaining pets. As with any pet, however, there will be challenges to keep in mind. Chickens grow very quickly from chick to hen, so before you take in too many, make sure you have a large enough coop for them to fit comfortably. Know that predators like hawks and foxes will seek out your poultry, and it will be your job to keep your birds safe. And don’t forget that caring for chickens not only means giving them a healthy diet of enough food, water, and nutrients, but also cleaning up after them and keeping their coop neat and tidy.
Chickens are not self-sufficient animals. They require thoughtful care to stay healthy. But they are also beautiful, funny, loving birds who will pay you back in full for the care you provide.
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