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People always seem suprised that Littlelish and I have chickens. I don’t know why, maybe they think they are an unusual pet choice for our little family? Perhaps they think I don’t seem the type (I’m not a farmers wife) for keeping chickens? But keeping chickens is definitely increasing in popularity, I guess it is part of the whole grow your own trend and know why, we absolutely love our chickens!

Here are 5 reasons why chickens are the perfect family pets!

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Educational
Keeping chickens has been a wonderful way to teach my daughter about caring for animals but also about where our food comes from. They have also provided us with eggs every single day which has meant we’ve done lots of baking and cooking together!

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Fun
Ok so people may think chickens are not a fun cuddly pet but I beg to differ. Our chickens are incredibly tame, can interact with you and are a whole lot of fun. They are also much more intelligent than you might think, they follow me around when I am gardening and digging up worms!

Low maintenance
You need to clean your chickens out and feed and water them but other than that they are pretty low maintenance. No walking or clearing up after them. They don’t need a whole lot of attention or fuss either :) You don’t need to turn your garden into a farm, just buy a small hen house (ours fits our 2 chickens nicely) with a little run. We also let ours roam free around the garden every day and put them away, safe from the foxes at night.

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Low cost
Chicken feed is relatively inexpensive. They will need layer pellets or layers mash (as mine prefer), corn as a treat and grit if this is not included in the food already. You can ever order your pet food online if you can’t make it out to the shops or don’t want to carry big bags. Check out Feedem Pet Supplies for online shopping for your chickens.

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Environmentally friendly
Keeping chickens means you are not supporting battery farms where chickens are kept in cramp conditions forced to lay day in day out. In my case I get fresh eggs every day and they are absolutely delicious. Another advantage is your chickens will eat most of your leftover food. If they are anything like mine they may be a little bit choosy, mine have a penchant for fish and chip, pasta or couscous!
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This post was in collaboration with Feedem.