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10 Convincing Reasons Why You Should Raise Chickens

If you want to raise chickens just because you found out that other people are making a good amount of money out of it, consider several factors. Raising chickens should not be underestimated. Only people who have a real passion for chickens can only understand how important it is to raise chickens and the responsibility that comes with it.

With the growing population, the shortage of resources like food always follows. One of the main reasons why people raise chickens is for food but there are other reasons why you should raise chickens if you have a spacious backyard and could not affect your neighbors.

However, if you are an urban boy and are not familiar with chickens but want to live in some rural areas because you are tired of the crowded Manila, the following reasons could certainly convince you to raise these lovely birds.

Here are the 10 convincing reasons why you should raise chickens

1. EGGS – Who doesn’t love eggs anyway? Your hens lay fresh eggs, taste great, and are full of nutrition because you control what goes with the food you give your chickens. If you have lots of eggs you can also sell them because eggs are in high demand, easy and fast to prepare as food, and inexpensive. Expect your chicken to lay one egg per day if properly feed, but some breeds will surely give you an average of 4 to 6 eggs per week.

2. CHICKENS AS PETS.  Chicken makes great pets.  Depending on the type of breed, chickens are playful, affectionate, and shy and you will find yourself having a lot of fun without noticing it. Especially the chicks – they are fun to play with,

3. FRESH MEAT. There is no better-quality meat than growing your own. Like eggs, the quality of your own chicken meat is far healthier and nutritious compared to those that are commercially produced. You can also sell if you have too much for personal consumption.

4. ALARM CLOCK. Have you heard someone telling you that he only wakes up when he heard the rooster crows? Sounds funny but in many remote areas where alarm clocks and cellphones are not available, historically, people are using roosters as an alarm clock. Especially the farmers, they go to their farm on the initial crow of the rooster.

5. CHICKENS PRODUCE FERTILIZERS. Chicken manure contains a good amount of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium – the primary ingredients in producing commercial fertilizer. Chicken manure can be composted and added to the soil of your garden, flowers, trees, shrubs, and lawns. The all-natural homemade fertilizer will save you money and help produce great results.

6. CHICKEN CAN HELP CONTROL BUGS AND WEEDS. Without the use of chemicals and insecticides, you can control the over-population of crickets, grasshoppers, snails, slugs, and other pests in your garden as chickens eat them up. Chickens also eat weeds and other vegetation in your garden helping you clean your backyard.

7. CHICKENS ARE GREAT STRESS RELIEVER. Imagine going from work tired, hungry, and exhausted and when you arrived at home, you have nothing but TV? Go to your chicken coop, play with your birds and you’ll be relieved of stress. This is proven to be very effective by many people who had no experience raising chicken when they were younger.

8. CHICKEN MEAT AND EGGS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND. If your purpose is business, raising chicken is another great avenue to explore. Chicken meat and eggs are always in high demand and can be sold anywhere regardless of jurisdiction.

9. GREAT BUSINESS MODEL. Whether you are raising chickens for eggs, meat, breeders, fighting cocks, or hatchery, you can always make a great business out of these birds. If you plan to have a medium to large-scale production, there are also by-products you can sell. Aside from the meat, eggs, ready-to-lay birds, chicks, breeders, and fighting cocks, you may also sell chicken manure and even empty sacks for extra profit.

10. CHICKENS ARE EASY TO CARE FOR. Yes, you heard it right. Chickens are easy to deal with especially if they are contained inside the chicken house. You can limit the disease and control their food if there are contained allowing you to have better production results. Just feed them once in the morning and once in the afternoon and after 38 to 40 days you have meat (if you are growing broilers).

So, with the above facts, are you ready to raise chickens? Please tell us what you think by leaving a comment below.

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