I read an interesting piece on the Internet last week about the top five reasons to keep chickens in the backyard.
To summarize, they consume food and yard waste. They eat a lot of bugs. They contribute to soil health via composting. You can help preserve the heritage breeds of chickens and, maybe most important, they’re fun.
My mom kept chickens back on the farm. I was eating free-range eggs and chickens before they were called that. We enjoyed the antics of the flock, and we certainly enjoyed the eggs and drumsticks.
Food is one of the most personal of choices. Keeping chickens of your own can be a rewarding experience.
I guess the point is there are choices. If you don’t want to have a coop out back—and I don’t, been there and done it—that’s okay, too. A wide range of food—organic, cage-free, grass fed or not—awaits you at a modern grocery store. All of it is safe and you can choose to pay a little, or more for convenience and preference. Or, grow your own.
Is this a great country, or what?
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