Investing in a few laying ladies is a great way to increase sustainability, lower your own footprint as well as giving you the ability to have fresh laid eggs every morning, coming from your own back garden. Fresh eggs from your own free range army can’t be beaten by store bought eggs, something only chicken owners can really understand.
Getting hold of your own chickens is a great place to start if you feel like making the investment, contacting a local chicken farm and asking if they’re currently doing any rehoming, and if not, contact your local Hen Rehoming Organisation to see when they’re going to be looking for some new homes.
When it comes to making them at home, make sure you have an adequately sized garden otherwise you may find them straying away into the neighbours garden quite a lot, and if they decide to have a dust bath in their flower bed, the neighbours may not be too happy with your new choice of investment. Also be sure to get them a nice coop, maybe an A-Frame chicken coop, and big enough for all of them and secure enough to keep the foxes out at night. Foxes and badgers are cunning creatures so make sure the coop is secure enough, if there is a way in, they’ll find it.
When it comes to feeding your family, your newly purchased chickens can be utilised to their maximum. Depending on their laying ability you may end up with more eggs than you can use, it may be a good idea to start selling the eggs if this happen. Once you start selling the eggs you may be able to recoup some of your initial investment as well as paying for the chicken feed.
You can cook eggs in so many different ways that you’ll be finding yourself using them more and more, from breakfast through to dinner. They’re naturally full of all the good stuff, can be used in a multitude of ways and are a great resource when it comes to healthy eating.
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This post was written by Mark Porter at Wells Poultry Chicken Coops, a leader in chicken houses and poultry supplies.