Being a chicken farmer does not always mean that life comes easily to you and your chickens. It is important that your chickens are kept happy and healthy, otherwise the eggs they produce, or their meat if you plan to butcher them, will not be as nice as it could have been. We all know that grass fed cows tend to have a richer flavor in their meat, and it’s true for chickens as well. The better they are kept while alive, the better they taste when they are dead. If you treat your chickens right, you will be far happier with the outcome.
The best way of keeping chickens both physically and mentally healthy is allowing them to live free range. This means that you allow the chickens to have a large space for them to live in and run around in, but it doesn’t always mean they have to run around without a fence. It is perfectly acceptable to have them in a large fenced in area that keeps them safe from predators or cars, if you live somewhere near a road.
The idea of letting the chickens live free range is to allow them the ability to experience an environment that is more natural, and less industrial. They are able to interact with each other, eat properly and exercise. This is perhaps a crucial detail many people overlook. Exercise helps to develop a better tasting meat when it comes time to butcher them.
Homesteading families are families that are primarily self sufficient and this means that they grow and raise their own food. For homesteading families, chickens are a huge benefit to them because they are a constant source of food. They lay eggs which always bring some form of nourishment, and the family can either eat those eggs, or let them develop into chicks, which would create more chickens for the family to use later. Chickens are perhaps one of the easiest animals for homesteading families to start off with.
Raising chickens should be beneficial to both you and the chickens. If they live a happy life, full of fresh air and good food, they will produce a better quality of food for you and your family. You will no longer have to worry about inhumane chicken rearing and you are ultimately giving them a better life while they are running around. If at the end of the day, you can look back and say that you gave back to the environment and provided for your family is a great day for everyone.
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