Thursday, March 10, 2011

Did you know that chickens can be good lawn mowers?

There are a various benefits of keeping chickens in your backyard. It is one of the most rewarding backyard hobbies that you can ever pursue. I have discussed the 5 most compelling reasons on why you should raise chickens in your backyard.

Reason 1 - No need to waste food leftovers
Chickens have a rapacious appetite. They would like to devour anything(organic of course) and everything that comes their way, and are known to be cannibals. So if you are going to keep chickens, then you never have to worry a bit about left over food. And you won't feel the pain of dumping food into the trash and it can even save a good amount on the feed. But you have to take care that you never feed your chickens that will make them ill or kill them. Feeding excess onions and garlic are very bad for it's health.

Fresh Eggs
Fresh, tasty and nutritious eggs are one of the most tempting reasons why many want to keep chickens in their backyards.. We all love to have eggs, don't we? Eggs are not just tasty to eat, but also a great source of vitamins, minerals and also rich in naturally occurring Vitamin D. Eggs contain some rare nutrients namely luteing and zeaxanthin that are excellent for our eyes which prevents it from getting cataract. The health benefits of eating eggs are many and are not just limited to what I have mentioned. A study at Harvard School of Public Health says that regular consumption of eggs may help prevent blood clots, stroke, and heart attacks. Eggs can be eaten in any form, you can either have it raw or cooked, scrambled or sunny side up. And it is great for pregnant women. And did you know that the eggs eaten fresh are much tastier and nutritious than the ones you get from the grocery. Isn't it a tempting reason why you must raise chickens in your backyard?

Rich source of 'Natural fertilizers'
Chickens love to roam around freely in your backyard. But while doing that they would also love to peck on anything that they consider as food. This way your garden will be almost free from the invasion of pests or insects. They will eat anything from insects, earwigs to grubs and beetles. And once they are digested, your chickens are ready to produce the natural fertilizer - their poop. The fruits and vegetables grown using natural fertilizers are safer and healthier than their chemical counterpart.

Chickens are low maintenance pets
Chickens not only feed us with eggs and meat but are also excellent pets. And the best part is that they are very low maintenance pets unlike dogs or cats. They are more than happy if you can just feed them with fresh feed and water and also allow them to wander freely in your backyard. That's it ! And in return you can have all the fresh and tasty eggs that it lays and also convert them to tasty meat if you want to. Isn't that cool? You can even start a small business and earn some money by selling the eggs and meat in the local market.

Chickens can be excellent lawn mowers
Weeds and grass are amongst the hot favorites in your chicken's menu. You can greatly benefit from this very nature of them by getting your lawn clipped and cleaned at the same time which will help you save a great deal on your lawn mowing efforts. You can never get all these benefits if you keep a dog or a cat, . No offense but the only thing a dog can do is to bark out loudly and guard their master's territory, but chickens can be excellent pets, give you fresh and tasty eggs, meat and a non complaining lawn mower all in one.

The very first thing that you would think of before raising chickens is a well-built but cheap chicken coop. From my personal experience I can tell you that the chicken coops that you get from the market are way expensive, even a pre-built one. That's why I thought of building one on my own and that's how I found this helpful eBook written by Bill Keene named - 'Building a Chicken Coop' from the internet. It has helped me to build a strong and cheap chicken coop for my chickens in the least possible time. Please click on the link above in this paragraph to know more about this eBook.

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