I need your pros and cons of owning your backyard flock!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Attack Chicken, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I'm doing a powerpoint on keeping a backyard flock of chickens. I own chickens myself but I would like to hear what everyone else thinks about keeping chickens. Tell me your goods and bads of chicken keeping![​IMG] I am hoping to convince some people to go ahead and start a little flock of their own. Thanks everyone!
     
  2. TheNo-NameChick

    TheNo-NameChick Out Of The Brooder

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    Pro's- fresh eggs daily!
    Amusement

    Cons- cleaning coop
    start-up expense
     
  3. For-The-Love-Of-Chickens

    For-The-Love-Of-Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pros:
    Children learning responsibility
    Eggs
    Entertainment
    5 am morning wake up call from our roo
    Eat bugs and dandilions


    Cons:
    Finding someone you trust to care for them so you can go away- feeling "tied to the coop"
    Unexpected expenses for things like mites, lice, worms, injuries, predator attacks, etc.
     
  4. danielle82

    danielle82 A Good Egg

    Apr 27, 2009
    Tonasket Wa
    Heres my pros and cons

    Pros ~Knowing where your meat/eggs come from, the health of the birds producing them
    ~Something to watch while you drink morning coffee [​IMG]
    ~Teaching your children responsibility and compassion
    ~Your own compost
    ~More opportunities to learn things


    Cons ~Worrying about predators
    I
     
  5. goldielocks

    goldielocks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here are my pros and cons

    Pros:

    Having little fluffy things excited to see you each time you go outside.

    Entertainment

    Good Eggs

    Colorful Eggs: Terra cotta red, chocolate brown, blue, mint green, aqua, olive green, pink, cream, light brown, med brown and speckled brown.

    Roosters crowing and watching the sun come up over the pond.

    Cons:

    Daily up keep of coop cleaning and water filling, which is really a small chore for what they give back.

    I am one of those clean freaks so water must be changed out twice daily and feeders are full 24/7, scraps a couple of times a day and then playtime each evening while being watched. Cleaning the coop twice weekly. So far so good on the predators. We have our coop and run built like fort knox. No chicken wire here.
     
  6. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    The only con I can come up with is cleaning the coops.
     
  7. Bedste

    Bedste Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Pros

    Grandkids have fun helping out when they come over or spend the night
    teaching tool for kids
    FRESH eggs
    Wake up cockledoodledooooooo
    Fertilizer for plants and gardens
    Free Ranging helps keep down the bugs
    very relaxing to watch-theroputic
    make cute noises talking to eachother
    fresh meat
    Dog feels protective and responsible to keep preditors away

    Cons

    having to kill extra roos
    flies
    preditor awareness
    Dog occasional jealousy
     
  8. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps AutumnBreezeChickens.com

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    CONS? Are there cons? LOL I never found any yet. Even cleaning out the coop is not that bad.

    Our biggest thing when it comes to pros is the MUCH healthier eggs for your family. If you look up the vitamin info you will see that Farm fresh eggs (free ranged) will have way less bad cholesterol and more of the good, more omega 3, and much more of the heathier vitamins then the caged ones. AND your chickens all have personalities as well and really do become part of the family. Heck our birds join us in our picnics LOL

    Oh and we can't forget about the WONDERFUL fertilizer they make for a very lush garden [​IMG]

    I also have not seen a spider in my house since they have run of our yard. The go up next to the house and eat anything near it [​IMG]

    Less woodticks on our dogs WAY less! We live out in the county on 20 acres and the dogs used to have TONS of ticks on them. Not now. I think I pulled off three ticks this whole year.

    Oh I know there are more pros but I have to sit and think. LOL
     
  9. Feathered Wings

    Feathered Wings Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 9, 2008
    Georgia
    Pros

    You get to see little chicks hatch

    Fresh Eggs

    Profit you can sell what you hatch or sell their eggs

    They eat lots of bugs

    They don't mind eating leftover vegs

    Entertaining

    You meet lots of wonderful chicken owners who become friends


    Cons

    Cost of feeding them

    Cost of housing and up keep

    Coop cleaning

    Predators always seem to be lurking

    Noisy roosters

    Mean rooster

    Euthanasia

    The heartache that you have when one passes or one is lost to a predator
     
  10. ducks4you

    ducks4you Chillin' With My Peeps

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