Saturday, May 5, 2012

Counting Your Chickens

Chickens eating
Chickens eating (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Just up the road from me in Annapolis, MD, the city has passed a law that will allow city residents to own up to five egg laying chickens to keep in their backyards.  It is a law that was not universally met with a positive response.  Many residents fear that the chickens could create a nuisance and health concerns.  The law will be reviewed in three years to determine if it will remain in place.

Personally, I had never thought about raising chickens in my backyard but it is a hobby that is growing in popularity.  If I had the room, I would love to have a garden for growing fresh fruit and vegetables.  I guess the next logical step would be to raise chickens for eggs.  I have a friend who retired and bought, as he called it, a gentleman's farm with some hens.  He raved about how great freshly laid eggs are for breakfast.

There are a lot of reasons why somebody would want to raise chickens in their backyard.  First and foremost would be having a supply of freshly laid eggs.  The fresher a food is, the better it is. It is a great way to connect with your food.  It can teach your children that food doesn't just magically appear on the grocery shelf. The chickens can also be considered a family pet.

If you live in an area where you are allowed to own chickens and have the room, then you might want to check out if you have ever considered raising chickens or ducks.  They have a full variety of  Chicken Coops for sale as well as a variety of breeds of Chickens for sale.  They can help answer any questions you might have regarding raising chickens.
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  1. I grew up on a farm and chickens were part of the package. Fresh eggs are great, but you'd have to be careful about making them pets. Eventually, the hen's egg production slows. Their next stop is the dinner table. Children seem to accept this, if they haven't been taught that an animal is a pet. I watched (and helped pluck feathers) as chickens were prepared for market. We also ate beef and pork that came from our farm animals. A cat or dog makes a far better pet.

  2. We looked at a house on the eastern shore where "the poultry conveys" but didn't buy it.

    We get our eggs from a coworker of my wife who has a more rural home and has chickens. I can tell you that a fresh egg is a totally different experience than one from the store. Different flavor, different color, baked goods are moister and rise better...I would totally have a chicken coop since my yard is too shaded for vegetables.


  3. Eggs from chickens are OK, but I'll take pork from a wild Hog anyday...a sturdy backyard fence and leftovers is all it and your neighbors may like the smell of the live Hog, but the one on the BBQ spit is a whole nuther story!


  4. In our native place in eastern Assam, India in the good old days I was used to ducks, pigeons, goats and of course cows! By higher caste restrictions in those days chickens were not allowed either to be raised or eaten! Later in cities eating habits got liberated, but raising chickens, no chance!



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