Are you contemplating raising backyard hens? Please, before you do, consider what this woman has to say in the video.
For far too long, the chicken people have hidden the hazards of raising backyard hens. I’m here to spread the truth.
Keeping Backyard Hens is Good For Your Health
Why? For starters, there are the health benefits: if you eat a lot of eggs, then there is every reason to switch to fresh eggs from hens roaming in your backyard. A wide body of evidence suggests eggs raised under these optimal conditions are higher in critical vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids, and anyone who has eaten these eggs can attest that these healthy qualities greatly inform a superior taste.
Crack an egg from a well-tended backyard chicken and you’ll immediately notice the thick, well-formed eggshell surrounding a rich orange yolk. Contrast that with the “store-bought” egg’s thin, brittle shell and a pale lackluster yolk. This is evidence enough for even a small child to understand: healthy animals produce healthy food that is good for people to eat.
Eggs from backyard chickens taste better, and they are better. But the health from a small chicken flock does not turn merely on the eggs it produces. Chickens also produce manure, which—if properly managed—can be turned into compost to run a stupendous garden nearby. There is a fair amount of hand-wringing done over how unsafe chicken manure is, but this is really mostly a matter of logistics, not substance: if you don’t go swimming in the stuff or plastering it to your hangnails, you’ll be fine.
Source: The Federalist