Why We Have a House of Hens
My husband and I got married because we both had wanted the same things in our lives like serving Jesus in a God honoring marriage and to have children as well as many other desired lifestyle choices. But I have to admit that owning a flock of chickens never actually came up when we were talking about all the things the future would hold for us. But sometime within our first year married we saw just what it was going to mean financially for us to eat healthy.
Seeing the prices in the grocery stores for “cage free”, “organic” and “vegetarian fed hen” eggs has been staggering over the years. Our initial reason to acquire a flock started with seeing those prices. When we began researching we found many other reasons that surpassed just the dollars to dozens. It seems a fresh egg supply is only the start! Here are my top reasons for having a house of hens:
- Fresh eggs every single day (barring any complications). This being the most obvious, there is an amazing contrast between eggs bought in the grocery store being weeks old already and going out in the mornings and gathering fresh eggs laid by our hens just the previous day. We have never been able to get over the difference in texture, color and—did you know that they do actually have a taste!?
- Chickens love leftovers! With a few exceptions, chickens will eat just about any leftover food you have. So all the healthy dishes created can go to them and are not wasted. The other advantage is that it cuts down some of the cost of feeding them.
- Chickens serve dual purpose when free ranged in the yard. Not only do they eat bugs, lizards and more (even mice and snakes if they can manage it) but they are also fertilizing with their poo as they roam.
- Bringing education even closer to home. We have had a total of at least 5 flocks. We started before even having our children. In the past it hasn’t been something our children have really been able to be a part of or enjoy because they are so young. But this past flock our 5 year old (Miranda) and our 4 year old (Kaelan) have been enthralled from the start! Being able to teach them about animals and how they affect the environment they are in as well as how we get our food and so on has been amazing.
What about you? Do you have any chickens? Why do you enjoy keeping them?