26 Feb The Fun of Keeping Backyard Chickens
The Fun of Keeping Backyard Chickens
Recently we’ve started keeping some backyard chickens. We keep them for the eggs, not for their meat, and have had just a wonderful experience overall. It’s been a fun experience of learning, interacting with a new animal, getting eggs, and much more!
Learning About Chickens
I always love learning about something new, and chickens have been no different. Since getting our little flock, we’ve learned about breeds, feeding, preferences, and much more. We read tons of great blogs about backyard chicken keeping like The Hen’s Egg to learn what chickens eat, what they don’t like, and how to take care of them.
There are tons of resources out there for those who keep backyard chickens, and you can really learn so much. The birds are surprisingly intelligent, trainable, and interesting. From their egg-laying habits to climate preferences, chickens take some care and attention. With a little bit of curiosity, you can get to know these fluffy little friends quite well.
One of my favorite parts about having chickens is the egg-laying process. We’ve learned about the diet chickens need to stay healthy while laying naturally, what breeds lay the most eggs, and how to encourage healthy egg laying rate. We don’t want to induce egg-laying too much or cause hens to be unhealthy, but we can create a healthy environment for them to produce.
Going outside to their nesting box and coop to find eggs is always exciting. Whether you have kids or just want to honor your own inner child, it’s always fun. I thought it would grow old after a few days or weeks, but it brings me just as much joy today as it did the first day we found eggs.
We actually are vegetarian, so don’t eat our chickens. But eating the eggs is a beautiful experience. We get to care for our flock, know them, and really be connected with our food. Each egg we eat is a gift and we have a deep connection with our food because of it all.
Caring for Something
There’s a lot involved with taking care of chickens. It’s a wonderful experience to care for an animal, and chickens are no different. I feel like we have a natural inclination toward mammals like cats and dogs, often not relating to or caring in the same way for birds.
However, keeping birds in the backyard has deeply changed this experience for me. I care a lot about our flock! They’re our little ladies, and they are a part of our family. Learning about them, their needs, and what it means to care for an animal has just been beautiful.
If you have the space, we recommend checking it out! It’s a relatively cheap thing to do, and you can get started with relative ease!