There are so many reasons why someone would want or wouldn’t want a chicken in their backyard. There are debates about it so here are some of the pros and cons of becoming a chicken owner. There are not many cons and I had to really stretch to get them, but I gave you a couple because that’s why you are here. But yes, I love chickens and after reading this article hopefully you will realize that they are amazing pets and the pros definitely outweigh the cons.
1. Extremely cheap pets to own. – Not only are chickens some of the cheapest pets you can find, but their maintenance is also very cheap, even if you have a lot of them! A lot of the reason they are so cheap to keep is that they are not picky about food at all. You can get bags of chicken feed for a very low cost and will definitely be cheaper than having a dog or cat. They will also eat leftovers and scraps from your meals.
2. You can get something from them. – Eggs. Meat. Ornament. Who wouldn’t want it? In terms of eggs, it is seldom that you encounter a chicken that can’t lay eggs. It is a good source of iron, which is good for the brain. You could either sell these eggs or keep them in your fridge. With meat, every part of a chicken can be eaten. Yes, every. In cases of those who don’t want to see their chickens go bye-bye, they raise them as pets and for exhibition purposes.
3. Low maintenance. – Unlike dogs who need everyday grooming and cats who need your undivided attention, chickens need none of those. You don’t have to bring them to your vet every once in a while to take shots and doses of vaccines. All you have to do is feed them and supply clean water every day. Their coops must be cleaned at least once a week or twice every month depending on the number of chickens that you own.
4. Fertilizer and pest control. – Two main things that all chicken owners love about their chickens is that they produce fertilizer for you and will kill pests in your yard. Letting your chickens roam your yard will instantly increase the health of it, chickens love to eat any bugs and pests that they find. Also, while they are roaming they will also be pooping, which is great because their poop is a natural fertilizer and will help your plants and crops grow. So just buy owning chickens and letting them walk around your yard, you will be fertilizing your plants and killing the bugs, insects and worms that might be harming your yard.
Now for the cons of owning chickens. These two stretches for cons are the only things I could come up with, because nobody wants to read a completely biased article. So here they are. First off, chickens are messy pets. They poop a lot, and like I said before this is great fertilizer, but when they are pooping all over the coop it can get gross. So you will need to keep their coops clean so your chickens do not get sick. Which leads me to the second con of pet chickens, when one of your chickens gets sick, it is likely that most of them will get sick. That is why it is vital to make sure they are living in a healthy environment.
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