Why Chickens Make Good Pets

*This is a collaborative guest post.

Although when you think of pets you may immediately imagine dogs and cats, or perhaps some smaller creatures such as rabbits or hamsters, it would be a shame to ignore the fact that chickens should be on the list too. Chickens make fantastic pets, and you can treat them like cats and dogs, even finding ceramic urns for pets to keep their ashes in when they die. Here are the reasons why you should definitely consider one the next time you are thinking of adding to your household.

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They Have Personalities

As anyone who has ever owned chickens before and kept them in their gardens will tell you, they each have their own separate personalities. Some are bossy, some more meek, some are friendly and funny, others prefer their own company… They have as many personalities as humans do, which means there is always something new to learn and enjoy when you own a chicken – or, ideally, more than one.

Fresh Eggs

One of the best things about owning chickens is that you should be able to get a fresh egg from each of them every day or so. There is nothing quite like the taste (and feel) of a freshly laid egg, and once you have tried one you won’t want to go back to the kind you can get in the grocery store. Even if they have been packaged up within hours of being laid, it’s just not quite the same as going and picking up your own fresh eggs.

They Are Easy To Care For

Chickens really don’t want much. You can have them living in the house with you, but because it’s difficult to train a chicken to poop in a specific place, it’s probably better to keep them outside in a henhouse. All they need is some chicken feed thrown to them a couple of times a day and some fresh water, and they are happy to do the rest. Human contact is a good idea if you want them to be really good pets, and of course, you will need to invest in good locks to keep them safe from predators at night.

Chicks Are Super Sweet

If you buy chicks to rear yourself, you’ll understand that wonderful feeling of holding one in your hand. There is nothing quite as lovely, nothing quite as soft or cute as a chick that is dozing lightly. They say that holding a chick is like holding love, and we can attest to that; it is a remarkable thing. Not only can you buy chicks and watch them grow up, but you can breed chickens yourself. This will take a bit of work, and you’ll need a rooster as well as hens, but it is a worthwhile thing to do if you can.

Anyone Can Do It

Unlike some pets, as long as you have some outside space, you can have at least one chicken. They can make a great introduction to animal keeping for children, and if you have never had a pet before they are a great place to start because they do take care of themselves most of the time. 

*This is a collaborative guest post.

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  • Love the blog, “we’ve got chickens in our back yard and feed them on Indian corn some lay eggs and some lay pegs, and some lay nothing at all” one of Kieths song s haha.

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