The need for fresh meat and eggs is the main reason most people raise chickens. Chicken farming, especially in the city, has its challenges. What they eat ultimately determines the quality of the meat and the nutritional content of the eggs.
Therefore, it is important that you know how to raise chickens for the best quality of meat and eggs. But why would you want to raise chickens in the city? While there are many reasons, let’s take a comprehensive look at six of them.
1. You get a good amount of meat and eggs… This is the most obvious reason to raise chickens in the city. You don’t have to raise a large flock to figure this out. Having a flock of around 10 to 20 chickens will ensure that your family has a good supply of eggs and meat. You may even have surplus eggs to sell or give away to your neighbors.
2. They are easy to feed… People who know how to raise chickens will tell you that feeding them is perhaps the easiest part. Your chickens will eat just about anything from grass to worms to veggies and leftovers from your kitchen. From time to time, give them a commercial food that has special nutrients to make sure they stay healthy.
3. Your waste can be used as compost.… What goes in your compost pile can be used to make an amazing liquid fertilizer if soaked in chicken manure or water. Chicken waste is very high in nitrogen content, builds up relatively quickly, and can be a great source of nutrients for your plants.
4. Eliminate insects and control pests.… Chickens can eat a wide variety of insects such as aphids, ticks, slugs, and cabbage worms. This means that your plants stay healthy all year round. In addition, the population of harmful insects is kept to a minimum. They are also good weed suppressants. In addition to eating weeds, they eat thousands of seeds while scratching and scratching for food. This, in turn, keeps your garden neat and clean.
5. They don’t make a lot of noise… Many people who do not know how to raise chickens think that they are some of the loudest animals that can be raised in the city. However, the truth is that chickens do not make noise; the roosters do it. Therefore, it makes sense to keep the rooster population to a minimum. Note that it is not necessary to have roosters in your flock for the hens to lay.
6. They are easy to own… If you know how to raise chickens, you will quickly realize that it doesn’t take much to have your own herd. They are relatively easy to care for. You probably spend an average of five minutes a day keeping the feeder full; fill water and collect the eggs. A thorough cleaning once a week and it will only take you about fifteen minutes.
You also have the option to choose from the many breeds based on your needs. There are breeds that provide both meat and eggs. Some breeds are small and lay very small eggs. Others lay brown or white eggs, while others lay speckled eggs.
Having chickens in town also means that you may have a chance to preserve an endangered breed. There are a number of heritage breeds that have been reduced in number because commercial growers are primarily concentrating on breeds that grow slightly faster.