Raise your breakfast in your backyard. Photo Credit: Nanimo
Raising chickens in the backyard has plenty of benefits. These birds are low maintenance and easy to care for, and they help control the bug population. Of course, the main purpose for raising chickens is for their eggs. You can cut costs at the grocery store and maybe even sell or give away your extra eggs to family and friends.
Now the next thing to do is to build a home for your flock. A well-built chicken coop will promote healthy birds and nutritional eggs. You can buy a pre-fabricated hen house, but these structures are so easy to build, why not do-it-yourself?
If you have any questions about building procedures follow these step-by-step directions, its right from the chicken coop manual, "Building a Chicken Coop".
We’ll it’s hard to say. Slate.com contends that raising chickens from the backyard is a fake trend. Media critic Jack Shafer believes the many stories posted by major newspapers (Oregonian, Arizona Republic, and Chicago Tribune) on the growth of home chicken farms are full of chicken feathers. "All-feather, no-bone journalism," Shafter declares.
However, Sunset writer Elizabeth Jardina countered Slate.com with a growing number of communities that are changing local laws to accommodate for backyard chicken farms. Her article cited that the industry’s demand for more chicks is way up and that’s a primary reason to recognize this as a real trend in America. A hatchery in Iowa has been supplying a variety of chickens since 1917. Now it’s selling chicks as fast they can hatch them.
Murray McMurray Hatchery based in Iowa City has surpassed last year’s numbers by a significant amount. Jardina points out that the hatchery has sold 100,000 chicks since February of this year and is sold out through July. By those numbers alone, it’s pretty easy to surmise that interest is way up in raising chickens; but it’s not a new trend, maybe just a forgotten one?
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