There’s no better feeling than waking up in the morning and checking the nest box for some fresh organic eggs. The overall taste, color, shape, and cost are far better than store-bought eggs. By having your own laying chickens, you eliminate the need to buy eggs ever again.
You first start off buying chicks for only a few dollars each. It is mandatory that the chicks stay indoors under a heat lamp until they grow out their first coat of feathers. This takes about a two weeks from hatch date. After the chicken is about 4 months old, she will start to lay eggs. Onaverage layer chickens will give one egg per day.
Chicken feed is also very cheap. At about 50 centers per pound, your chickens can eat forever. They also love to eat left over scraps from dinner such as vegetables, rice, and noodles. This prevents all this food going to waste, and you basically get free organic eggs in return.
Chicken poop may seem like a burden, but this is another great thing about owning chickens. Their poop is really nutritious for plants and helps them to grow at extraordinary rates. Plants with chicken poop grew faster, fruit more, and don’t’t die as easily.
As you can see, there are many positive things one can get from owning chickens. This is a small step to a self sustainable future.
By Nicholas Chang, HCC Journalism 205