Yes, Free-Range Chickens
Let's face it, chickens make great pets. They are lovable, playful and are family-oriented. When making the decision to raise chickens, it's best to look at factors such as will you have free-roaming chickens in the backyard or will you have caged chickens? There are pros and cons to both; but ultimately, we feel that bringing up free-range chickens is the way to go. Here's why.
1. Chickens need exercise
Like humans, and any other pet for that matter, poultry needs exercise - a secure place to stretch their legs and interact with other members of the flock. By providing chickens with a secure area to exercise, chicken owners are offering weight loss support for chickens. This is when a chicken fence comes in-handy; so, consider building poultry fence in the backyard.
2. Nutrients go the eggs
Next time you decide to bake a cake, do it from the eggs from a free-range chicken. You will notice the cake is fluffier, better looking. Why? It's because the nutrients are passed on to the eggs. When chickens are fed natural ingredients, they will produce eggs with more nutrients. There is debate around this subject; but it's important to trust your egg source; and know that they are not using pesticide-free grass.
3. Pest Control in the yard
Bugs, small insects and snails are part of a balanced chicken diet; and free-roaming chickens get to eat all of them.
4. Animal Welfare
There are approximately 250 million hens in cages; and these caged chickens do not have the same health benefits as other chickens. Caged chickens will not flap their wings, walk around, and interact with other chickens. They will be stashed away in cages all day with a large number of other chickens. This is an inhumane way to raise chickens.
Pet Chickens? She Agrees!
When we see a dog wearing a plush jacket in the fall, we don't blink an eye; but when we see a farm-raised chicken walking the streets, then we do a double-take with wide, open eyes.
And, why should we? Since when do poultry have to be used for food and not for pet care? Jennifer Garner is an advocate for the humane treatment of chickens; and she has been seen with her poultry on leashes. (Obviously, the pictures on Jenn's Instagram have won over fans.)
I just hope that she secures her chicken in an open-space chicken enclosure. Free-range chickens are happier and are more fit than caged chickens. They also produce better tasting eggs (meaning fluffier baked goods!).
Who else is a backyard chicken owner?