admin by kathleen Griffith | 9 Jan 2021
Topics:
Local Food,Waste Reduction

Let those who want Chickens have them

A few backyard chickens can revolutionize your garden!!

Chickens LOVE to range freely, and allowing them to do so kills the proverbial two birds with one stone: they’ll eat any garden pest they can get their beaks on. They are true omnivores and love to eat grasshoppers, beetles, spiders, flies, earwigs, worms, snails, slugs, weevils, centipedes and lots of other creepy crawlies. If it moves, they’ll at least consider eating it If you want a pest-free yard, chickens are the way to go. They’ll even eat mice, frogs and snakes if they can catch them and they’ll turn it all into treasure in the form of fertilizer. Say goodbye to toxic, costly pest control solutions and wasteful bags and bottles of store-bought fertilizer. Chickens will even cut down on the amount of mowing you do because they love to eat grass

Leaves, weeds and grass clippings are a treat for Chickens They’ll happily dig through whatever you give them, eat what they can, and pulverize the rest. Give a small flock a heap of yard and garden debris and a week later it’ll be gone without a trace. No need to bag it and pile it by the curb!

Chickens don’t need to be walked, brushed, or fed twice a day. Essentially all you have to do is gather eggs daily, fill their food and water containers a couple of times a week and change their bedding once every couple of weeks.

There is real power in knowing you can provide (do, make, fix, raise, grow) something yourself and that it can actually be much better than what you have always bought at the store. Granted, eggs are a small part of most people’s diet and raising backyard chickens is not the same as going off-grid. But it does bring you one step closer to knowing that you really can take care of yourself and your family.

What might be even more important is teaching your kids that they can be self-sufficient too. There are many important lessons in responsibility and caring for our planet that your kids can learn from raising backyard chickens.

If the city is worried about cost they could charge a fee for set up inspection, viewing of the coop and yard, they could also charge a yearly fee to register the birds. I’m sure anyone interested in chicken keeping would be willing to pay a fee to insure the birds in our community are well taken care of. Bylaws could state where abouts in the yard the birds must be kept. (example: Backyard only, not within 4 feet of a fence line.) Oak Bay did a great job amending their bylaws we could learn from them.

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