When the average person thinks of their pet wish-list, animals like dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, etc. are usually the first to make the cut. There’s an argument to be made though for another animal as deserving of a spot among your top picks—chickens!
Although they may not be a conventional choice, raising our feathered friends has actually become a more common and popular hobby over the past few years. Why is that? People are starting to realize just how much chickens have to give back to us. Take a look at some of the advantages to keeping your own flock!
1) Chickens help you be more eco-friendly.
Chickens are always up for snacking on table scraps (in limited amounts), garden pests, and weeds on your landscape. These voracious eating habits help you reduce household waste and provide natural pest and weed control. Plus, they’ll return all of this otherwise useless waste to you as organic, nutrient-packed fertilizer that’s ready to be composted!
2) Enjoy farm-fresh eggs and meat.
A lot of chicken keepers take up their hobby because it gives them control over the quality of some of their staple kitchen foods, i.e., eggs and chicken. You know what goes into your chickens and their byproducts, which means you know exactly what you’re consuming at the table. If you supply them with quality feed and natural food sources, they’ll give you quality eggs and meat (to sell or eat) in return.
3) Chickens can be great companions.
Just because you can’t get them from a pet store, doesn’t mean chickens don’t make great pets! Every chicken has a unique and entertaining personality that you’ll come to know and love. Caring for your chickens, or even just watching them bob around, can be a very peaceful, stress-relieving activity.
4) They’re pretty low-maintenance.
Chickens offer a lot of payoff for minimal work. You don’t need to take them for walks or bathroom trips, groom them regularly, or play with them constantly. As long as you collect their eggs, keep their coop clean, provide quality food and water, give them fresh air, and have their health checked every so often, chickens will be the gift that keeps on giving.
If you’re going to raise a happy and healthy flock of chickens, you’re going to need to give them a sturdy and comfortable place to call home. At Deer Creek Structures, we make prefab and custom-size chicken coops that your chickens will love, will protect them from weather and predators, and that make it easy for you to care for them.
Check out our different coop models online and contact us to place your order today!