Why Raise Chickens?
· Easy and inexpensive to maintain
· Fun & friendly pets with personality
· Eggs that are fresh, great tasting, nutritious, and chemical free.
· Chemical free bug and weed control
· They create the best fertilizer for free
· A “family friendly” educational activity
Chickens are Low Maintenance
Chickens for the most part take care of themselves. You don’t need to take them on walks or give them baths. All you need to do is collect the eggs, make sure they have food and water and change their bedding every few months. Chickens can be fed your leftover fruits and vegetables – and even yogurt! They are low cost with high benefit.
Information on Factory Chickens
The current space recommendation by the United Egg Producers is 9 inches by 9 inches per chicken. These conditions may be unsanitary, allowing for the proliferation of diseases. Chickens may live in total darkness, and most “free range” chickens never go outside. There is no legal definition or regulation regarding eggs labeled as “free-range” in the US. Chicken feed is primarily corn and allowed to contain drugs that include arsenic, which has been shown to cause cancer, dementia, and neurological problems in humans.
Great Tasting, Nutritious Eggs
Backyard eggs will always be fresh and taste delicious. Even the “organic” eggs you buy at the store are less fresh and come from chickens that mainly eat a corn diet. Your chickens will have a better and more varied diet, resulting in healthier eggs. Just look at how much healthier they are for you.
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene