The Kelly Green Giant has a fairly brownish thumb, but she knows how to raise little boys, rosemary plants, and backyard chickens.
When I found out that I was going to need a risky brain surgery early this summer, I asked my husband if we could get chickens if I made it through the surgery. Needless to say, he couldn't really say no to my poultry desires, and we have been enjoying our seven Easter Egger chickens ever since. Any day now, they should begin laying multi-colored pastel eggs. In addition to being fun, they are also good for the environment. Why?
1. Chickens can eat a lot of food scraps and food that would otherwise be wasted.
2. Chickens make their own compost!
After chickens eat all that delicious food, they make lots of great compost. Don’t apply chicken poop directly on your garden beds, though, because it is a little too potent. Put it in your compost pile, let the compost pile work its magic for a few months, and then shovel it onto whatever garden bed needs some serious nutrient enrichment.
3. Backyard chickens create high-quality, complete protein that is about as local as it gets.
Eating local food, and especially producing your own food, is great for the environment, because it takes much less energy to transport the food from its origins to your plate. And even if you don’t have a green thumb or don’t have enough sunshine for a successful vegetable garden, you can easily produce a lot of eggs and trade with your friends and neighbors!
What are you producing in your backyard?