Although we don’t have any chickens at the moment, keeping chickens has always been a part of our life. When our house eventually sells and we relocate buying chickens will at at the top priority. I can’t wait. I would love to have one of my goals for the Self Sufficient Challenge to be getting chickens but with the house on the market keeping chickens just doesn’t make sense.keeping chickens

 

Why keep chickens? Chickens provide hours of entertainment. The minute we used to drive in the driveway our chickens would all come running; curious to see if we had any treats for them. During the fall we would allow the chickens to free range, this means the chickens could pretty much go wherever they wanted to. We would often find them peering into our back door as if to say, “can we come in?”keeping chickens

 

Our Buff Orpingtons were so friendly; I think they enjoyed spending time with us rather than with the rest of the flock. One of my favorite pictures of my mom was taken when she was visiting one summer; one of the buffs squeezed through the fence and began to follow my mother around. Eventually my mom just sat down on the coop steps and held the little Buff, that’s all she wanted.keeping chickens

 

If you want some real entertainment give one of the chickens a worm, they will run around trying to quickly swallow the worm before any of the other birds can catch her. Not only are chickens entertaining but they also would supply us with beautiful fresh eggs every day! If you’re still not convinced here are 11 health benefits of eggs.keeping chickens

 

So if you’re looking for ways to cut your budget consider cutting the cable and getting a few chickens instead. Keeping chickens provides hours of entertainment and fresh eggs. Sounds like a deal to me!keeping chickens

Follow along as I team up with some very talented bloggers for the May Self Sufficient challenge. Join us as we challenge ourselves to live a more self reliant lifestyle for the entire month of May!

AnnMarie – 15 Acre Homestead

Kathi – Oak Hill Homestead

Robin – A Life in the Wild

Candy – Candy’s Farm House Pantry

Farmgal – Just another Day on the Farm

Ashley – Practical Self Reliance

ShawnaLee – Homegrown Self Reliance

Frank – My Green Terra

Maria – Maria Zannini

Lisa Lynn – The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Nancy – Nancy On The Homefront (that’s me!)

 

6 comments on “Keeping Chickens

Lisa Lynn on May 9, 2018 1:40 pm

I gave my hens away last summer so my family wouldn’t have to care for them while I was recovering from my hip replacement. Having chickens again has been on my mind and now I have a brooder full of chicks 🙂 But I have downsized and only ordered enough for our own eggs. Thanks for sharing, Nancy! Best wishes with the move and your new flock when you can get them!

Nancy Wolff on May 9, 2018 1:55 pm

Lisa Lynn,
I am so jealous! I can’t wait until we can have a small flock again! 🙂

Maria Zannini on May 10, 2018 2:27 am

How exciting about your move. I’m looking forward to hearing about your new place.

We had buffs for a while. They are sociable, but oh my, are they big eaters. They’d bully the other chickens off the feed too.

Right now I have black Astralorps. Great layers and very docile. We also have a couple of black Maran. They lay those extra dark brown eggs.

A predator was picking them off though, so I had to set some eggs in the incubator to replenish my stock. Hopefully I’ll have some chicks in a couple of weeks.

Nancy Wolff on May 10, 2018 11:59 am

Maria,
Good luck with our chicks, I’ve always wanted to hatch eggs with an incubator!

Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid on May 21, 2018 3:52 pm

They sure are entertaining plus you get the benefit of having fresh eggs daily! I know people who have chickens for such and then others who breed chickens for show like the furry chickens, they are so unique and pretty! Shared your post x 4 ♥

Nancy Wolff on May 21, 2018 11:04 pm

Thank you Grammy Dee!

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