A couple of generations ago it would have been rare to have a household which didn’t have a few chickens outdoors in the backyard. If you are trying to live a frugal, more simple lifestyle then you also should invest in a few hens (and a rooster if your area allows it) as well.
Chicken’s produce eggs and with a steady supply of eggs you will never go hungry. These are not just the white eggs that you see in the supermarkets but come in a variety of shapes and colours depending on the chicken’s you are breeding. When you crack them open the yolk is so fresh and orange, like a little sun, and they taste better than eggs at the supermarket scrambled or put into your cakes and puddings.
It may seem an unpleasant task but slaughtering your stock is a part of the process of keeping livestock. By doing it yourself you know you are doing it in the most humane way possible and that your chickens had a good life before the chop. Your flock of chicken’s will provide you a nutritious food source when you are in need of it.
Chicken manure is excellent for your plants and vegetable garden. Lay a thick layer on it and watch your seedlings and fruit trees thrive. It means no more trips to Bunnings or other garden and produce stores for your manure because your chickens produce it for free.
You can Keep Them in a Small Backyard
Chickens just need a small space to peck around and scratch to keep them happy. Unlike other farm animals which a impractical for suburbia every backyard has space for at least a couple of hens. They are also a lot less time intensive than other farm animals and just need a steady supply of seed and water. If they are free-ranged they need hardly any seed at all.
I love going out in the morning and having my chicken’s run up to me ready for their breakfast. I even love Jimmy, my rooster, even though I have felt the sharp end of his spurs a couple of times. The kids also get a lot out of it as well and enjoy feeding them, collecting the eggs and interacting with them in the backyard.
So do you keep chickens? Why do you recommend other housewives and households keep them?