Don’t be such a chicken!

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I tell just about every person I know or meet, that EVERYONE should own chickens. Of course, most people brush it off, but if you realized how easy and beneficial it is to keep chickens, I bet you would be game! Trust me, I didn’t see it coming myself.

One gorgeous morning in Colorado Springs, Justin woke up and said “Hey! Do you want to go on an Urban Chicken Coop Tour?”. I said, “Uh, sure?” Justin is really good at coming up with random, fun adventures, and I’m typically down for whatever he has in mind. So that Saturday morning we got in the car and drove to the Take a Peak Coop Tour in Colorado Springs. At that point I had never even thought about people raising backyard chickens, much less wanting to own any myself. The tour was a blast and the people were incredibly helpful. It was really interesting getting to see how some people had very simple coops (one basically being  a small box with a lid to lay their eggs in), while others went all out! One person built their chicken coop by hand using mud. What?!

While visiting each home, we asked the same question to every owner. “What was the most surprising part about owning chickens and getting things started?” You know what their answers were? “Just how easy it is”. Yes! Every. Single. Person.  I thought it had to be some sort of conspiracy. I started doing a little more research and began to see that it really could be that simple!

Before I get ahead of myself, let’s go over some of the MANY benefits to owning chickens:

  • FRESH EGGS (Duh)
  • You know exactly where your eggs come from and how old they are.
    • Did you know that most supermarket eggs are a month old? Uh, no thanks.
  • Store-bought “Organic” and “Free Range/Cage Free” eggs aren’t all they’re cracked up to be (no pun intended)
    • I urge you to do some research on this. I chose not to provide links on this subject as it may be disturbing to some people. Let’s face it… I just started this blog. I wouldn’t want to scare anyone off yet 🙂
  • It’s a great learning experience for kids and adults alike!
  • It can be profitable or at the least, you will break even.
    • People love the idea of buying “farm fresh eggs”. If you have enough chickens you could provide eggs for all of your neighbors and then some!
  • It’s easy! Did I already mention that?

You might be reading this thinking, yea, that sounds great and all Malorie, but ain’t nobody got time for that! Trust me, you do! Here are the things chickens require:

  1. Shelter
  2. Water
  3. Food

That’s it! Easy! The beauty of it is, if you provide them with enough food and water at one time, you will only need to refill it once or twice a week. If that!

I would recommend starting with 3 or 4 chickens. That will provide you with plenty of eggs for your family and a few others. Justin and I started with 10 and I think we were being a little over zealous. Thankfully I worked at school during that time so we had plenty of customers!

So, if by now you are convinced that you simply MUST have chickens (which you should be, unless you hate eggs), the only thing that could be standing in your way are the zoning laws preventing you from keeping chickens (click here to find your zoning laws). There are a few ways to work around this:

  • Try to get the law changed (Here is a link about this process)
  • 4H Club- If you have children that are old enough to qualify for the 4H Club, you may be able obtain a waiver of sorts to keep chickens in your backyard for learning purposes. I don’t know the process for this, but I DO know it can be done.
  • If you feel comfortable enough with it, you can talk with your neighbors about the idea of having chickens, offer them fresh eggs, and if they approve, I say go for it!
    • Roosters are typically not allowed within city limits, but they are not necessary unless you are breeding your chickens. If you were concerned about the noise level, you can rest assure that hens are no louder than dogs. They typically only make loud noises when they lay their eggs once a day.

Well, that about wraps up today’s blog. Stay tuned for more tips on how to raise backyard chickens. Feel free to ask questions or make suggestions for future posts, especially those pertaining to chickens. Don’t forget to subscribe and  follow my blog to get updates on future posts! Thanks again for reading!

Malorie

 

 

5 thoughts on “Don’t be such a chicken!

  1. Virginia says:

    Love your blog about chickens. We always had chickens at our house when I was growing up. You can really see the difference in the egg yolks color & how it stands up taller than store bought eggs. Keep the articls coming!

  2. Debbie Harrod says:

    Wow! Great article. Almost makes me wish I didn’t have a pool taking up most of my backyard so I could get some chickens!

  3. mary says:

    Who knew there were “chicken coop tours”? Kinda like Parade of Homes, but for chickens. I watched something on PBS about sustainable living that had all kinds of cool coops made out of excess building supplies, but my sister’s coop is the best I’ve seen– a mini replica of their house.

  4. Maren says:

    I have totally been that person that says it’ll be too much work. I’m feeling like I might have to look into having chickens now. I am so glad I found your blog!!!

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