Raising Pet Chickens is Fun And Easy.
Instead of a cat or dog, get some pet chickens. Pet chickens have all the benefits of traditional pets, plus many more. Almost any backyard, no matter how small, can raise a few chickens. And you'll want them outside, because frankly, chickens make lousy house pets, but great outdoor pets. Here are 5 reasons to convince you of the benefits of pet chickens.
1) They produce healthy eggs. Very few animals produce food without giving up their own lives, and
2) Easy care. You will need a simple chicken house for a couple of reasons. First, chickens like to perch at night and if you don't provide a perch in a house for them, they might roost in your trees, fences, or other places inconvenient for you and them. Second, a chicken coop provides a place for nests for them to lay their eggs, or again, you might find eggs in inconvenient places. Finally, it's a place to keep them and their food dry when it rains.
But other than the chicken coop, all you need to is fill up their feeder and water bucket and they are good for a week. If you're going on vacation, consider setting out another water bucket. Furthermore, chickens they are self-grooming. You don't ever need to take your chickens in to be shaved or washed. And if you're wondering what to feed chickens, don't worry. They eat a cheap dry mash that cost around $25 for a 50 lb bag, and if you want to give them a treat, see the last paragraph.
3) Soft and snugly. Baby chicks are balls of wonder-fluff, little more than over-sized cotton balls with
4) Personal Attention is Optional. You don't have to take your chickens for walks. You can go to the yard and hold them, hand feed them, carry them around, and pet them. Then you might get busy and have to ignore them for a week. They don't care. You don't have to feel guilty. A chicken won't scratch at your door for attention or start howling because it is lonely. A group of chickens will keep themselves company. While your chickens will certainly appreciate whatever treats you bring them, they won't beg for attention.
5) Lawn care. Chicken manure fertilizer is rich in nitrogen and helps lawns grow green and thick.
Pet chickens are becoming popular pets for these reasons and more. Check with your local zoning laws if you are in the suburbs, but you may be surprised to find out a few chicken are already allowed. Unfortunately, rooster typically will not be allowed in the suburbs because of the crowing.
As final bonus, chickens will happily eat almost any table scrapes, so don't forget to give them your leftovers. Especially things like peas, carrots, corn cobs, and melon rinds, potato peels, left over pasta, moldy bread, etc.. Keeping chickens is satisfying and fun. Consider expanding your family by a few chickens.
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