Raising chickens can be a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. If proper work is put in and care is taken, a chicken, or flock of chickens, can be great for pest control, friendship and providing an excellent source of food. Typically, a person can begin their process with an infestation of moths surrounding their porch lights at night, spiders coating the lower portion of their eaves and a yard peppered with mosquitos. As soon as you let a few chickens roam and eat to their hearts content, the bug population of your home gets cut in half. Not only does the consumption of insects and arachnids help you enjoy your home and yard, but it adds extra protein to the eggs collected everyday. By the way, if your hearing scratching in the walls from rodent activity but dont want a cat, chickens eat those too if they can catch them. Specific breeds of chickens are very friendly like the Light Brama, and will even roost on your shoulder. Other chickens are, well, chickens and will always run from you. Just because the chicken isn't in your home, doesn't mean you shouldn't do your research to find the right chicken for your personality and needs. A chicken that always runs from you is not ideal if you want to put the away everynight yourself. Though, if you have animals that do not necessarily get along with your flock, then maybe it is best that they run when startled to remain intact and alive. The same can be said for an overly friendly chicken. If you work outdoors the majority of your day, then working is what you intend to do, not pushing a flock of chickens out of your arm space everytime they want a friend. Careful selection can lead to years of satisfaction. Then, of course, theres the eggs. Quality, quantity, size and color depend highly on the type of chicken. This is where you want to put most of your effort in choosing your chicken, especially when it comes to the difference between egg chickens and meat chickens. The day you get a chicken and the wrong choice is made, disappointment may be felt when the chicken doesn't lay a single egg for months during the winter or only lays eggs once in a great while. Though many breeds of chickens make a great selection for both meat and egg puposes like the White Wyandotte, a great concern for many is not just the quantity of eggs but the quality. Some may desire eggs like that of the Pioneer chicken which lays large brown eggs and New Jersey Giants(found at the Murray McMurray Hatchery(http://www.mcmurrayhatchery.com)) which are specifically good layers during the winter if you live in a colder climate. There are even chickens like the Araucana chicken which lays blue eggs. The best option for most is to have a variety of chicken types, then there's never a dull moment.
December 11, 2013