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Hi guys, I'm considering getting some backyard hens and I don't know if I want all the work that comes with having them. I guess I'm just wondering why are chickens worth all the work? Do you enjoy having backyard chickens or do you regret getting them? 

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I find chickens very calming to be around, I love their crazy antics - they are the best psychotherapy in the world & give you eggs!  Yes - they can be a lot of work (I have 30+), but the reward for me is paid back many times over.

   If in doubt - don't. You have to get up early, feed,water, collect eggs, play nursey and put them to bed. It is a long term commitment since hens can live to 5+ years.

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Expat Brit living the dream - 40ish chickens, 2 Beagles, 2 cats, rabbits........and counting.

Blogger for: www.thehappychickencoop.com

 

    We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.     Mother Teresa

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post #3 of 6

What Boskelli said.

You don't have to get up early to let the chickens out if you have food and water in the coop

with them.

 

pros:

#1. they are fun to watch,

#2. they are cute (that kinda goes with #1.)

#3.They provide sustenance (i.e. eggs)

#4. Choices! Choices galore! the word chicken is as generic as the word car, so many breeds to choose from so little coop space. 

 

cons:

#1. initial cost will be high. Coops can be expensive depending on how many chickens you get and the chickens themselves can be expensive depending on what age you get them.

#2. taking care of them is not that different than taking care of a dog... but you do have to take care of them.

#3.this is part of taking care of them, If you go on a trip you either have to make them stay in the coop with plenty of food and water or leave the coop open and risk them getting eaten at night or get a nice friend or neighbor to open and close them and to make sure that food and water is taken care of

 

Phew! that went longer than I intended. I know the pros list is shorter than the cons list but I don't in any way regret getting chickens.

 

In conclusion of this poorly written reply I simply conclude with one piece of advice, start small and if you decide that this is a thing for you than you can always expand coop size and get more chickens.

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I find chickens very calming to be around, I love their crazy antics - they are the best psychotherapy in the world & give you eggs!  Yes - they can be a lot of work (I have 30+), but the reward for me is paid back many times over.

   If in doubt - don't. You have to get up early, feed,water, collect eggs, play nursey and put them to bed. It is a long term commitment since hens can live to 5+ years.

said perfectly!    :goodpost:

mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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mom of 8 kids,  3 dogs,  10 cats, 11 hens, 1 goose, 1 duck  and the most loving, patient hubby, who puts up with me!!

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post #5 of 6

:) We truly enjoy our flock of 37! Yes, there is work involved but if your heart is in it, it's a labor of love. I work a high stress job and look forward to some relaxing when I get home. Nothing like a glass of wine and chicken t.v. for me! Can't really explain it but after a half-hour of that, I am calm and ready to go in to start laundry and supper.

Wait until you are ready because it really is a commitment. Good luck.

Welcome to our humble homestead

"A Better Place To Be"

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Welcome to our humble homestead

"A Better Place To Be"

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post #6 of 6

The only time I regret having my flock is when one passes away as losing pets is never easy.  I think the work put into them is very minimal (well, compared to horses).  I'm a baker, so I love having lots of eggs at my disposal and eating the fresh eggs, you forget how good they are until you've eaten eggs at a restaurant.  For the gourmet it is a sure bet to superior taste.  Everyday one of the members of my flock make me laugh or smile, it's a welcome relief! 

Peaches Lee--Prince of Purrrsia
 

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it" Confucius

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Peaches Lee--Prince of Purrrsia
 

"Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it" Confucius

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