Health Benefits of Backyard Chickens
I 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.
Our Cochin Bantam Buster and Bantam mix Keypone enjoying some free-range 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.
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.
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.
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?
The Narragansett Turkey Breed
Get acquainted with the iconic Narragansett turkey breed, and meet one of its esteemed members, who’s found a home and friends on a famous estate.
Read this editor’s letter about her new chickens and their lively personalities.
Backyard Chicken Tools
What tools do you need to raise and process meat chickens? Killing cones are humane, and promote a complete bleed, scalding tanks, plucking machines facilitate easy feather removal.