This is the most important thing to ask yourself before you get your chickens. The answer to this question will help you decide which type of chickens would suit your needs and which breed would be best for you.
You’ll have to decide how much room and time you have. That will dictate what size and how many chickens you will get. Think about what kind of eggs you want and how many. Decide if you’ll want chickens for meat. Then do your research and pick the breed that will best suit you and the climate you live in.
You need to know that chickens are not just lawn ornaments. There will be some work involved in raising chickens. You’ll need to provide housing, a safe predator free environment, nutritious food and plenty of clean water. Chickens have to be fed and watered daily. Their eggs have to be gathered. (That’s the fun part.) The coops have to be cleaned regularly. It can be a labor of love however.
What you get in return are quirky little friends with unique personalities. Every chicken has it’s own role in the chickendom. They seem to find their place better than most people. With just a little patience on your part, they will become trusting little friends who look forward to seeing you every day. You’ll be amazed at what you will learn from them.
We did start out getting chickens to help us clear our 22 acres of ticks, spiders and other bugs. We also loved the idea of a good supply of organic, healthy eggs and meat. We loved the idea of being self sufficient on our land. The bugs are mostly gone now, but we still have our chickens.
Now, we keep our chickens as pets; they supply us with eggs, meat, love and affection. We did not get chickens for the purpose of making money and I would never advise someone to get into chickens for the intended purpose of making a profit from them.
If you are lucky, after years of work, you just might break even. The best reason to get chickens is because you love them and you want them to be a part of your life.