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Benefits of Backyard Chickens (Video)

Backyard chickens have been providing homesteaders with natural pest control and nutritious eggs and meat for ages. In this video, learn more about the benefits of backyard birds.

By Robin Mather

Whether it's for fresh, nutritious eggs and delicious roast chicken dinners or the natural fertilizer and pest control they provide, there are plenty of reasons you may want to have a flock of chickens on your property.

According to a university study, an adult standard hen eats about 84 pounds of feed per year. Bagged feed at a farm supply store currently costs about 35 cents per pound, so feeding one hen for a year will cost close to $30. The number of eggs each bird lays varies depending on her breed, age, and your management choices, but you should get 200 to 250 eggs per year. So, in the end, you'll spend between $1.40 and $1.90 on feed per each dozen eggs. This expense is further offset by the added value of using the hen in your stock pot after her egg-laying days have passed. 

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brenda
2/17/2015 11:27:47 AM
I live in Bradenton, FL. Over a year ago, the Manatee County Commissioners approved for those residents living in urban areas to have hens. In that period of time, there have been no negative issues or problems. The program has been a success in other areas surrounding Bradenton also. There has been an agenda to get the City of Bradenton commissioners to hear what the residents have to say in regards to the positive affects allowing hens would be. It's no different than having any other pet and also this pet produces food that you eat. You also will be aware of the diet of your hen to insure that there are no hormones that are included in your food. Children or grandchildren can be taught how to have the love and respect of a pet and also this could possibly be the beginning of teaching this generation how to begin to grow food and also possibly care for animals. There is never a negative reason for allowing residents in the city limits to have hens; as the residents are not requesting to begin petitioning the city commission to begin allowing other farming in the city. The residents in the city would like to just begin to raise their own hens; they can not breed, they must have a run and keep hens contained, and be willing to be responsible for any smells coming from the excrement of the foul. The residents that are in favor of this move have requested that Bradenton City Commissioners hear what the residents have to say and be willing to put this on their agenda for voting.





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