We’ve kept a large flock of free range chickens for several years and would like to save you a little time and frustration from what we have learned. A couple of backyard chickens will definitely benefit your family by providing fresh eggs, reduce insects, contribute to soil improvements, and reduce the amount of waste your family sends to the landfill.
Once set up, the birds require minimum maintenance. We recommend setting up a small coop with nesting boxes. Once the birds are laying in the boxes, they can be let out each morning and will return at sunset. This will keep them safe from predators at night and insure you do not have to go on an egg hunt every day.
Depending on your yard and the amount of table scraps, 1 bag of chicken feed will last 3-12 months. Allowing the birds free range of the backyard (daily or at least several times a week) insures you receive all the benefits of backyard chickens. It reduces your feed costs, insect population, and your coop maintenance.
Research has shown that free range/backyard chicken eggs often have a better nutritional make up then commercially produced eggs. All chicken eggs have similar caloric, cholesterol, and protein content. However, backyard chicken eggs tend to have a higher quantity and a more diverse set of micronutrients. This is because backyard chickens usually consume a broader diet when compared to commercially raised chickens.
If you have any questions on setting up your backyard chickens, feel free to write. Or if you need some fresh eggs, let us know.