The trend toward raising backyard chickens has grown quickly over the past few years. Here are some reasons why…

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  1. People want to become more self-sufficient and take part in the local-eating movement. A handful of egg-laying hens allows you to participate without having to move or drastically change your lifestyle.
  2. People prefer eggs from humanely-raised chickens. When you collect eggs from your backyard flock, you know exactly how they were treated, fed and cared for.
  3. Fresh eggs. What could be better?
  4. Chemical-free pest control. Beetles, crickets, grasshoppers, grubs, worms, and other lawn-and-garden pests don’t stand a chance against a foraging chicken.
  5. Nitrogen-rich compost. If you’re a gardener, chicken poo and eggshells will boost the nutrients in your soil. All for free.
  6. Less kitchen waste. If you don’t compost, throw unwanted leftovers (except garlic and onions; they affect egg taste) into your chicken pen. Chickens are omnivores and will eat vegetables, grains, and meat.
  7. They’re small and easy to manage. Chickens are independent and don’t require a lot of time and attention.
  8. Free entertainment. Have you ever watched chickens? Their unique personalities and quirks can be hysterical and they’re interested in everything.
  9. Life lessons for your children. Your kids can help with chicken chores and learn a little responsibility.