If you have space, raising chickens is such a wonderful thing for your family. When I was a child, my grandmother always raised chickens and I just loved helping her. It is one of my fonder childhood memories. I loved the Springtime when she had baby chicks and I helped her feed and water them and watched as they grew feathers to replace their fluff. I loved collecting the eggs and dumping out the kitchen food scraps and watching them gobble up bits of vegetable peels and pieces of mushy fruit.
Learning how to care for and rear chickens is a great way for children to learn responsibility and to see how things really work- watch the animals grow and learn how many eggs a chicken can actually produce in a day or a week.
From setting up heat lamps for baby chicks to the feeding to cleaning out the coop, your child will learn the value of labor and get so reap rewards for their work. Besides the fun of caring for them, you will can have your own fresh, free- range, organic eggs- a healthy addition to your diet! Another bonus is that chicken will keep the bug population in your yard down naturally!
Raising chickens does not require that much land. In the country, my grandmother had a chicken coop and a long run area fenced in so they could forage for bugs. When she moved to the city, she just had a small chicken cage built for her with wood and chicken wire that provide a small, covered nesting area and a small run area. In the country, she had about 20 chickens and always had eggs to share with the rest of the family. In the city, she just kept 2 hens and they laid just enough eggs for her. She also used their nitrogen-rich chicken poop in her compost pile to make a rich fertilizer for her garden.
Raising chickens is educational for kids, lets you know that you eggs are actually fresh and organic, and can offer you some food in an emergency situation!
Guest post written by Scarlet Paolicchi of Family Focus Blog, a green family blog. She is a stay at home mom blogger from Nashville who reports on family fun, eco tips, travel, giveaways, and products that you may find helpful or interesting.