Why Backyard Hens?
They Make Great Pets
Chickens make great pets. Believe it or not, chickens have their own individual personalities and are affectionate toward humans, similar to dogs.
By getting eggs from your own chickens, you avoid supporting industrial farms that produce the majority of eggs sold in the US. Most people don't know that the eggs they buy from the grocery store are between 3-6 months old. Healthier, better fed chickens are proven to produce eggs that are much more nutritious.
Chickens are like a natural garbage disposal. Chickens can eat many of the food items we would normally throw away, including food scraps from salads, vegetable peelings, rice, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
Natural Lawn Care
Without the use of chemicals and insecticides, you can control over-population of crickets, grasshoppers, snails, slugs, ticks, and other pests in your garden as chickens eat them up; eliminating the amount of chemicals in our groundwater.
Your neighbors' dog and parties are much louder than 4-6 backyard hens. Hens lay an egg only once per day, sometimes less. And at that time, they are at their loudest between 60-70 decibels, the same as human conversation. Dogs are about 90 decibels when they bark.
High Quality Fertilizer
Chicken manure can be composted and added to the soil of your garden, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawns.
Caring For Hens in a Responsible Way
Backyard hens can be wonderful companions. Interest in keeping them has grown as part of the local, sustainable, and organic food movements. Here are some ways to care for hens responsibly.