Some might say that knowing how to raise chickens is going out of style. Well, if that’s the case, then call me old-fashioned!
I really love looking after these animals; they’ve given me and my family endless rewards. They have even helped me pass on valuable lessons to my kids. I don’t think I could ever resort to buying eggs at the store after getting used to the ways of animal husbandry.
1. Kids Learn Animal Husbandry
Every family can benefit from keeping a few chickens. Animal Husbandry is, unfortunately, a dying art. Teaching our children to care for animals and raise food is a noble experience and provides a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity. Schools don’t teach this stuff anymore!
2. You Are Creating an Eco-System in Your Own Backyard
Keeping chickens is creating a mini-ecosystem right in the backyard. The family serves the chickens scraps, cooked egg shells, and water and allows the chickens to forage on bugs in the garden. In return, the chickens provide exceptional eggs full of nutrition. We then use their waste for compost, which nourishes the soil we plant the vegetables in. It’s a real circle of life that unfolds in right in our backyard. How awesome is that?
Not too long ago, just about every American harvested their own meat and vegetables, which included raising chickens for eggs.
3. Eggs are a Healthy Protein
Although eggs have gotten a bad rap, scientists are beginning to see that eggs are one of the healthiest proteins available, especially fresh eggs from free-range birds. Those that are allowed to roam free and forage produce eggs with higher amounts of Omega 3 Fatty Acids and folic acids and have less cholesterol and fat.
4. Fresh Eggs Taste Better
I just want to show you the yolk of one of these nutrition-filled eggs. Look at the rich beautiful color and the clear albumen. It just doesn’t get any better than this. This yolk will create the most luscious egg custard, while the whites will make huge beautiful meringue!
5. Your Eggs Will Last Longer
For those who don’t know, eggs have a protective “bloom” coating when they are laid. If they are not washed, they will last for 8 weeks or even longer on the kitchen counter. If refrigerated with the bloom, they will last 3 months. You can’t buy eggs with the bloom still on the egg. The ones at the market have been washed, thereby removing the bloom.
6. It’s Easier to Raise Chickens than Go to the Store
People are always concerned about the work involved in keeping chickens. They are quite healthy animals as long as they are in clean, non-congested environments. All they need is food, water, and a place to roost. They will need protection from predators, as well.
Once you raise your own chickens and have a go at these delicious, all-natural eggs, you’ll never want to go back to buying your eggs from the grocery store.
Once you do get your hands on some of those beautiful free range “golden” eggs, be sure to try my egg salad sandwich recipe!