Keeping your own chickens at home is easy and has a host of benefits including fresh eggs. You also can make sure your chickens are treated humanely and have adequate nutritional meals.
Homegrown eggs are also better tasting and have an increased nutritional value over store-bought eggs. They good for you and have:
• higher levels of vitamins A and E • increased amounts of beta carotene (which makes the eggs yolk a bright yellow colour)
• higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids • less cholesterol.
Freshly laid eggs when refrigerated will last for 4 – 6 weeks.
Backyard eggs are nutritionally better for you than store-bought eggs
As well as controlling the welfare and treatment of your chickens there are many other benefits, including:
• feeding your chickens food scraps will reduce waste • chickens make environmentally friendly manure for your garden
• chickens eat weeds and garden pests such as snails, reducing the need for pesticides.
They also make great pets!
Keeping your own chickens results in better treatment and higher standards of welfare
How to keep chickens
Keeping chickens in your backyard is easy. Here are some tips for you to consider:
• check your local council poultry regulations for restrictions on the number of chickens and whether or not roosters are permitted to be kept
• provide the chickens with a sheltered area, nesting boxes filled with straw or shredded paper and an area to roost
• provide plenty of fresh water
• feed chickens with layer pellets, cracked shell, food scraps and occasional treats such as sunflower seeds.
Chickens are a fantastic way to recycle your food scraps
A few chickens can provide enough eggs for a whole household and you will enjoy the delicious taste of fresh eggs!