Backyard chickens, the good, the bad and the ugly. Backyard chickens have really become a popular pet for the 21st century. But they really aren’t anything new; people have been keeping chickens in their backyards for as long as we’ve had backyards. Somehow we got away from that after the 2nd world war, but they are making a come back!
But are backyard chickens right for you? Sure you’ll see the pictures of sweet little hens, with fluffy butts, enjoying an afternoon on green grass…easy to want that picturesque scene in your own yard.
Backyard Chickens, The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Backyard Chickens – The Good
So what’s so great about keeping chickens out back?
- Fresh Eggs – they just can’t be beat!
- More nutritious eggs – chickens that eat bugs, greens and live a healthy humane life produce healthier eggs for us.
- Compost Material – chicken manure is a great addition to your compost piles.
- They’ll be happy to scratch and peck out your compost pile – very beneficial for breaking it down.
- Bug Eaters – backyard chickens can keep your bug population down.
- They’ll teach your kids a whole new level of responsibility.
- Getting in touch with where your food comes from.
- Eggs of all colors – there are so many colors besides white and brown eggs like pinks, olives and blues. You won’t find all those colors at your big box grocery store!
- Garden helpers – after you harvest your garden, let your chickens in there to dig out bugs, weeds, slugs, etc.
- Fun – chickens are fun. I enjoy just sitting on my chair outside and watching them scratching and pecking.