The popularity of raising chickens has increased as more people are interested in raising chickens for fresh food, fertilizer and using them for pest control.
It is important to first determine if getting chickens is possible. Even if you have a large backyard, your home might not be zoned for raising chickens or other animals. Chickens do make a lot of noise, especially when laying eggs or being social, so trying to keep them in secret would be difficult to do.
Chickens require daily care from feeding and egg collecting to scooping up manure. If you are going out of town for more than a day, you will need someone experienced
Adult chickens will need a coop or hen house. A basic chicken coop that can house four chickens can be purchased around $300 or built with materials for much less. (The second option is recommended only for those with carpentry experience.) Other major costs include chicken feed and possible veterinarian bills.
Raising chickens can be a rewarding experience and it can be months before you can reap the rewards, or fresh and delicious eggs. Please answer the questions below to see if you should get chickens.