Who knew my rebellious attitude would bleed over into my adoration of chickens. My name is Kenna and I keep chickens!
I know I know… sit down girl.
Who cares right?! Doesn’t everyone have chickens now?
I’ll answer that with a not everyone and people in my area think I am sort of crazy. The crazy chicken lady.
Of course I am doing it my own self and my own way. (In my stubborn 3 yr old, voice of course)
While my desire to keep my chickens chemical free is not super against the grain. I get a tiny bit of credit here. I use diatomaceous earth for deworming purposes. And I have almost driven myself insane starting a fodder system. (Yes that is a real thing) Enough content for an entirely different post.
Getting down to the chicken gritty… hehe.
Not that you need it but I will give you:
POULTRY PETS-BEGINNERS GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS
Click above on the link to open the Free PDF
Top Reasons to Get Chickens!
The Egg Factor! Farm fresh eggs don’t just cost more at the grocery store because they are brown instead of white. There are serious health benefits to eating fresher eggs that come from happy chickens raised in healthier conditions. Eggs provide:
A single large boiled egg contains (1)
- Vitamin A: 6% of the RDA.
- Folate: 5% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B5: 7% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B12: 9% of the RDA.
- Vitamin B2: 15% of the RDA.
- Phosphorus: 9% of the RDA.
- Selenium: 22% of the RDA.
- Eggs also contain decent amounts of Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Calcium and Zinc.
Ever done something just for the fun of it? Lots of folks are getting into chicken keeping as a hobby. There are entire communities online dedicated to this hobby! Want to meet more like minded chicken enthusiasts? Check out http://www.backyardchickens.com/
I am constantly blown away with the amazing coop designs and plethora of answered questions and support available.
I cannot leave out the fact that if you adopt chickens as yard pets people will flock (pun intended) to you wanting to ask questions and even feed the chickens with you. 🙂
No need to mention if you let your chickens free roam they will keep the insect population seriously in check.
Last but certainly not least. Chickens are a wonderful educational filled way to learn about our earth, a way to get you involved in your own food.
Fair Warning- chicken side effects as follows:
After acquiring chickens you may find yourself sitting outside more frequently watching them do their scratching and finding how entertained you are when one gets a treat and they all follow.
You might start to make crowing noises in an effort to communicate with your rooster.
You may spend hours on Pinterest looking at coop designs and fun ways to decorate your coop.