Five Reasons to Consider Keeping Chickens

Chickens are everywhere these days! Who would have thought?!

Chicken keeping is on the rise everywhere. Keeping a backyard flock of your own is a wonderful way to boost your own self-sufficiency. But, should YOU take the plunge? Today I’m sharing five pros to becoming a chicken owner over at Frugal Granola.

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  1. Alice Perkins says

    I’ve been so tickled that you’ve been enjoying your chicken experience, Jill!

    • Jill says

      Yes, definitely enjoying them! And you were a big inspiration to start my chicken adventures! :)

  2. Cindy says

    What advice do you have for someone who would love to raise chickens (me), but really am not overly fond of birds (again, me)? I am not terrified of them, but would be pretty timid walking into a hen house full of chickens “just waiting to come after me.” My girls have collected eggs with some friends, but I quietly stayed outisde the coop.
    Thanks so much, and I cannot wait to read more on your site!

    • TJ says

      Hey Cindy,
      If you want to try your hand with poultry, my advice would be to start small. If you can get your hands on 3-4 baby chicks (get them sexed if you can, otherwise you’ll have to figure out how to “re-home” the cockerel) and if you have the time to hand raise them, I think it might help you out. Then you don’t have to start with a full sized bird, nor a large flock to intimidate you!
      You can get used to how chickens behave by observing your little babies, and see how they interact, and how they are when you handle them. They should tame out a bit, the more you handle them and are around them. If you KNOW your birds, you might experience less anxiety about it. (Rather than going in a coop with a bunch of birds you don’t know, and you don’t know what to expect that they might DO, and you are anxious to begin with :)
      In general there are more docile breeds, and more flighty ones…so I’d stick with the larger, dual purpose birds, they are typically known to be more laid back (Orpingtons, Buckeyes, Wyandottes, Faverolles, Cochins=(ornamental breed), etc. You can look large breeds up online). I’d stay away from Cornish, or Cornish cross though. They are bred to be food…a sad, sad engineered meat bird, and will keel over dead if the wind blows the wrong way. Not a good egg bird, or pet…your heart will just be broken by their short, sad life.
      Good luck, hope that helps!

  3. TJ says

    My husband and I ventured into chickens in 2011, and I LOVE IT! Once the initial set-up is done, they are very easy to care for, and it’s so rewarding to collect organic, grass fed, free ranging chicken eggs right from your own backyard! Plus, not to mention, getting to know their individual personalities. It is so relaxing to watch them as they dig around the yard looking for bugs and goodies. They are entertaining with their pecking-order chicken antics… like watching the chase ensue when one finds an especially delicious morsel, and everyone thinks they should have it.
    They can become surprisingly tame too! My hen, “Harriette”, will often climb into my lap and settle in and let me pet her like a cat!
    We are considering adding turkeys and/or ducks next, which I have read can be even more friendly! Gotta love the homesteading lifestyle, and its blessings that balance out all the hard work – which can be rewarding in itself, as well!