Health Benefits of Backyard Chickens

| 6/22/2015 12:15:00 PM

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. 

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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.


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.

6/24/2015 10:00:14 PM

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

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!

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.

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