Friday, June 12, 2009

You Don't Raise Chickens To Save Money!

Stories and articles about raising chickens in the backyard seems to be all the fashion nowadays, with ill-informed reporters stating the main reason for the huge growth of people keeping chickens at home is mainly due to the recession and the opportunity to save money on the weekly grocery bill.

People, I'm here to tell you that you will not save any money raising your own chickens for will almost definitely spend a lot more!

But that isn't the reason most people keep them.

People keep chickens because it is an interesting and relaxing hobby, which involves you getting back to nature and understanding where your food comes from.

The amazingly tasty free-range eggs with bright yellow yolks (That your friends will think is saffron or turmeric in the scrambled eggs you make them!) are just a BIG bonus.

Caring and bonding with your chickens, being outdoors (instead of in front of the TV!) and just getting back to nature is what it's all about....I know what I'd rather my kids were doing!

It also acts as a catalyst. It gets you thinking about growing some veggies, or even renting a few acres nearby and raising pigs, ducks and geese as well.

It's simply a better way of life.

These newspaper hacks have absolutely no idea what they are talking about. They're just filling space with a current popular trend. It'll be something else next week.

So if you are thinking about raising a couple of chickens in your backyard, and the only reason is because you've heard you'll save a few bucks on eggs, please think again as you won't.

Do it for the right reasons, and you'll have a lifelong hobby that could change your life and lead you up unexpected paths :-)