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5 Great Benefits Of Keeping Backyard Chickens

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Whether you live in a city, suburb, or small town, it's possible you've been surprised by the presence of chickens in neighbors backyards. The practice isn't as strange as it seems--these birds can be a great asset to health and eco-conscious families. And the internet makes it easy to look up tutorials, care sheets, and almost everything else needed to take care of chickens at home, from building a coop and fencing to choosing the correct feed. Entire blogs and forums exist just for urban farmers and chicken keepers to discuss their best practices with one another. 

The first thing to consider, if you're thinking of keeping your own flock, is to check whether backyard chickens are legal in your area. Many places require certification (usually a $35-$60 fee which expires each year) in order to keep chickens, along with regular property inspections. But you may find that it's worth jumping through these hoops, in order to enjoy the benefits of these remarkable birds. Here are five benefits of keeping backyard chickens. 

1. They're a great source for high quality eggs

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The most obvious benefit of backyard chickens is easy access to fresh eggs. Most hens have a laying period of about two years, during which time she will produce around 530 eggs total (around 265 eggs per year). That's a lot of omelettes! And it has the potential to save a health-conscious family a lot of money, as well.

Fresh eggs from backyard chickens still come with a cost, due to the expense of upkeep for the chickens themselves. If you usually buy the cheapest eggs available at the grocery store, then you likely won't save money on eggs by keeping backyard chickens. But if your family is buying organic eggs (usually between $4-$7 a carton) then you'll likely make a bigger dent in your grocery budget.