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Raising Chickens: Pros and Cons

Written by Mary Woods

There are so many reasons why someone would want or wouldn’t want a chicken in their backyard. There are debates about it and here are some:

Pros

  1. Costs incredibly cheap.

When we say cheap, not only does the chicken itself count but also the maintenance of it all. Compared to keeping a dog or a cat for a pet, it is much cheaper to take care of a number of chickens most likely because they are not choosy when it comes to food.

  1. You can get something from them.

In terms of eggs, it is seldom that you encounter a chicken that can’t lay eggs. With meat, every part of a chicken can be eaten. In cases of those who don’t want to see their chickens go bye-bye, they raise them as pets and for exhibition purposes.

  1. Low maintenance.

Unlike dogs, who need everyday grooming and cats who need your undivided attention, chickens need none of those. Their coops must be cleaned at least once a week or twice every month depending on the number of chickens that you own.

  1. Fertilizers for free and an instant pest control agent.

These are the two things that chicken raisers love about owning a chicken. When you allow your chickens to roam around your backyard, it is in their nature to peck on whatever it is that catches their interest and their hunger. Chickens love anything that came from the ground most especially the ones that are moving.

Cons

  1. They are not the best guard pets to have.

While chickens can coo and make familiar sounds, it is not in their nature to bite or coo on anyone they see who looks suspicious. All they can do is grow, eat, and lay eggs. If you need a response like waggling of the tail or a purring sound, they are also not the ideal pets you would want to have especially.

  1. Chickens are messy.

. Plus, their poop smells terrible that it can reach certain areas in your house. Chickens aren’t really the pets for you if you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to go through enduring hours of cleaning.

  1. One for all, all for one.

And if one dies because of that flu, it is expected that every single chicken living with that infected chicken who also got that flu is also going to die after a few days.

Well, in terms of getting sick this is a con. Everyone gets it too because when one catches flu. And if one dies because of that flu, it is expected that every single chicken living with that infected chicken who also got that flu is also going to die after a few days.

Unlike dogs, who need everyday grooming and cats who need your undivided attention, chickens need none of those. These are the two things that chicken raisers love about owning a chicken. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want to go through enduring hours of cleaning, chickens aren’t really the pets for you.

In cases of those who don’t want to see their chickens go bye-bye, they raise them as pets and for exhibition purposes.

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Mary Woods