Backyard eggs are safe!

13
June

The recent egg recall has made many families concerned. We want to give our families safe eggs to eat and we want to use safe eggs in our baked goods, but how do you really know if the eggs you’re buying are safe? Well, if those eggs come from your own backyard you know they’re safe.

Backyard chicken coops are becoming more popular by the day. More families are living in the suburbs and have a little land with room for a garden or more. Small chicken coops can be found all over the Internet. You can also find a wealth of information about chicken breeds, what size of eggs they produce (Small, medium or large) and what color the egg shells are. Some people really like the classic white shell, others feel more natural with a brown shell and still others want the more “exotic” colors.

If you want to start your own backyard chicken coop, you should first find out if they’re allowed in your area. Some places have laws that will need to be changed before you start building. Once that’s settled you need to decide how many chickens you’d like to have. Four to six chickens should be enough for a small family. The number of chickens will help you determine the size of the coop. Your next decision is building the coop yourself or buying a kit to put together. In some areas you can buy the kit and it comes with assembly and possibly even starter chickens. You will have to do some research to find out what is available in your area.

Now, the coop is ready and it’s time for some chickens. Here again, you will have to decide where you want to start. You can purchase fertilized eggs and hatch them, you can start with baby chickens (called pullets) or you can buy older chickens that are ready to go. How long do you want to wait for your eggs? No matter your choice, you’ll have a good time watching the chickens grow and finally produce.

Keep in mind if you start with eggs or pullets, you may end up with some roosters. You only need a rooster if you plan to breed your chickens. The eggs are edible without fertilization. A rooster can come in handy if you want your chickens to wander free during the day. The rooster will start to be the leader of the pack, getting all the chickens to come back to the coop when it’s time.

Once your chickens start producing you will have to collect the eggs, perhaps twice a day if they’re big producers. Most of the coops come with a drawer you can slide out and gently gather the eggs. If you build your own you may have something else, like a flap to lift.

You will also have to clean the coop. Every animal eliminates and chickens are no different. Several times a day, if they’re in the coop all the time, you will have to clean it out and add fresh bedding. The bedding can be pine needles or other things. When you buy your chickens the seller can help you understand what your chickens need.

Having your own backyard chickens will be a fun, educational experience for the whole family. You will have the peace of mind knowing your family is eating safe eggs. You know exactly where they came from!

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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