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Backyard Chickens: Why Raise Backyard Chickens?

(light music) – If you’re thinking
about getting into poultry production in your backyard, there’s some good reasons to do it and there’s some bad reasons to do it. The first thing I want
you to consider is make sure that if you are, especially within city limits, you check your city or municipal code to know that it’s allowed. Know that you could have a certain number of chickens, whether or not you could have roosters. Secondly, check with your neighbors. Make sure they’re alright with it. Big benefit of backyard poultry is eggs. You get fresh, local, maximum quality eggs from a breed of chicken
that you chose yourself. You would know what kind of living conditions they’re in, how happy they are, how much scratching and pecking and flying around they can do. You know what kind of ration they’re fed. If you want something to have an all vegetarian ration. If you want something
to have higher omega-3 is you could throw flax
seed in that ration. That’s fine. You know exactly what kind of life that chicken has had. You could raise backyard poultry for meat. Slightly more complicated, especially if you don’t want to do the processing yourself. It’s not a pet type of bird. It’s shorter lived. You only have it around
for six to 10 to 12 weeks depending on the breed. You have to have a certain
amount of intestinal fortitude to do the chicken
processing yourself. If you can’t take a life
and process an animal down to its edible parts, make sure you check with your Department of Agriculture
to know whether or not there’s a processing plant in your area that’ll do it for you. Know how much that processing costs as well. Finally, there’s a whole host of other interesting benefits to
having backyard poultry. The behaviors, the
aesthetics, making sure your place actually feels like a farm. People keep ’em as pets. There’s so many things that can add to your own personal quality of life. And that of your kids. If you’re trying to teach your kids a lesson about animal husbandry, if you’re trying to teach ’em about the cycle of life of livestock, really good reason to
keep backyard poultry. One big thing I want you
to remember is that’s it’s really hard to raise backyard poultry specifically to save money. It’s not necessarily
going to be on of those enterprises that’s if you’re in it for the short term or you’re just getting started, that you’re gonna save
a whole bunch of money on your family’s grocery bill. Poultry products are
pretty cheap and pretty available in your grocery store. Eggs are under a dollar a dozen in a lot of situations. So think about buying the birds, buying the feed, setting up the infrastructure that you’d have to have to keep your birds housed and protected. That’s gonna add up, and unless you’re in it for the long haul, it’s gonna take a long
time for your backyard poultry to really pay for itself. The chicken run should
be five to 10 square feet in size for birds, for chickens, for larger birds closer
to the higher amount. You want the site to be
relatively high and dry. If it’s in a low spot that collects a lot of frost or collects a lot of water that could wind up for messy conditions and poor quality of life for the birds, and trouble for you when you’re trying to clean the thing out. It needs to be built like Fort Knox.

  • with cage free organic eggs near $5 per dozen in California mid 2014, the one dollar quote made me laugh

  • 12 weeks of living?! my hens are 2 1/2 years!! what are you talking about???!!!  research a little more!

  • An awful lot of weak information here. No reflection on the presenter necessarily, more the sponsor. NOT a recommended video for the beginner. Check out THE CHICKEN CHICK or MY PET CHICKEN or better yet "Backyard Chickens". Superior information! Be well and don't be afraid to get all clucked up over your peeps!

  • Wow!! a dollar a dozen? Where do you live!? 🙂 lucky you. Here, crappy eggs are $3.50-$4.00 a dozen on sale. "Natural" or "free-range" are closer to $5 a dozen and organic eggs are in the $7-8 range / dozen. I am planning on getting both chickens and ducks in the next few months and even though I am sure organic feed with cost a pretty penny, it will possibly still turn out to be cheaper for the quality. Fingers crossed anyway 🙂

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