Why Have Backyard Chickens?
Backyard chickens can be a source of great delight for you and your family. They are simple to take care of, environmentally beneficial, and can become just as bonded to you as a dog or cat might (maybe even more!).
Outside of their generally sweet temperament, they require very little maintenance once fully grown. As long as the right supplies are provided for them, they are great regulators of their own diet, temperature and hygiene. Once they are fully feathered, they nearly take care of themselves.
Chickens are among the only animals that make you breakfast! Fresh eggs from your backyard flock will taste better than any store-bought eggs you can buy. Many urban chicken owners even sell their eggs to help pay for the feed - creating a self-sustaining flock. They are also good for clearing your yard of ticks, mosquitos and other undesirable pests.
Chickens are very social animals, making a great first-time pet and are a great addition to any household. If raised from a young age, chickens are easily acclimated to humans, will be able to recognize names and faces and even enjoy being held. Chickens tend to be passive and can get along easily with other animals.
For any specific questions or advice regarding chickens, we are happy to take your call at our store. We love chickens and want you to love them just as much as we do!
Can I have them where I live?
Most counties allow small, contained flocks. Variations across counties typically refer to how many you can have and if roosters are permitted. Check your local laws for more info.
Are they easy to raise?
Chickens are very simple to raise with the proper knowledge and supplies. Normal maintenance includes keeping food, water and housing clean and providing them with love and attention.
Are they expensive?
After the initial start-up cost, maintaining your flock with adequate food and supplies is manageable on any budget. Selling eggs and fermenting feed are a few ways to make your dollar go further.
Are they good pets?
Chickens are extremely social and bond easily with their owners and other animals. They do very well with children, especially when raised from a young age.