Why Not Chickens?
Kids and Chickens
Want to teach your kids responsibility? Animal Husbandry? Simple business skills? Why not raise chickens? Consider these 5 facts:
Inexpensive and easy.
Chickens are very easy to care for and it can be done cheaply. To start all you need is a small shed for shelter, a large feeder and clean water. If you buy a large enough feeder all you’ll have to do is fill it on the weekends and your chickens will eat it slowly throughout the week. After that all you’ll need to do is let them outside in the morning, close them in at night and collect your eggs each day.
Not your average pet.
Unlike common “first pets” like fish, hamsters, lizards, etc. chickens can be kept outside. This way when your kids forget to clean the pen one day your house won’t suffer. In addition, there are many different types of chickens to choose from. Get a couple of different breeds and you can have different colored chickens and eggs and teach your kids about diversity at the same time.
If allowed to run around your backyard, chickens are a great way to cut down on the amount of ticks and other insects present in and around your yard. This provides excellent nutrition for your chickens and promotes a safer backyard for your children.
Chickens mature quickly. On average, you can raise a bird from adolescence (chick) to egg-producing adult (Pullet) in six months. Children learn that if you take care of your chicks as they grow you’ll be rewarded. Kids can even sell the eggs!
The best reason to raise chickens: FRESH EGGS. This way you can avoid eating store-bought eggs and know where your food comes from. Instead, save money at the grocery store and increase your family’s nutrition.
Why not raise chickens? Unlike many starter pets, chickens give back. Chickens can be a cheap and easy way to teach your kids about life, responsibility and diversity. They can cut back on your backyard insect populations. Best of all, they give you fresh, home-grown eggs and entertainment in your own backyard.
Contributed by Dan Castle, Poultry expert, Terryville, CT.