Raise Chickens in Brooklyn!

There are a huge number of reasons why Brooklyn is the perfect spot for chicken-raising. Huge! But my wife has urged me to narrowed it down to the top 10, so here goes:

  1. They make very little noise. Hens, alone, just lay eggs. They mumble a bit from time to time, but it’s roosters that give chicken-raising a noisy name. And if eggs are what you’re after, you have no need of roosters’ services. So, there’s no need to worry about bugging the neighbors.
  2. They don’t cost much to feed. Good chicken feed (which I sell, too) costs about $30 a year per bird–$60 for organic.
  3. They don’t take up much space. You can raise four hens in 40 square feet of space–which is, in my 20 years of chicken-raising experience, the perfect size. (Check out my coop specs by clicking .)
  4. No more buying eggs. Healthy, free-range eggs with high levels of the good-for-you Omega 3s are wicked expensive. One hen lays about five eggs a week, so if you raise two to four chickens, you’re all set. You’ll probably even have leftovers for the neighbors, and fresh eggs make everyone popular.
  5. You can make eggs extra nutritious for nothing. Feed chickens most any of your leftover vegetable or fruit scraps, except citrus. Broccoli stems, potato peelings, apple cores, steeped herbal tea leaves, bruised mango bits–toss ‘em in the coop for the chickens! It’s not only good for them, but vegetables in the chicken diet also turbo-boosts the Omega 3 content of egg yolks, yielding extra nutritious eggs.
  6. They’re friendly, and kids love them. My wife and I have three children–ages 10, 7, and 2–and they all love the chickens. And why not? They’re cool to watch, they don’t mind being held, and it’s fun to collect eggs.
  7. Chicken poop is awesome fertilizer. All plants thrive on chicken poop fertilizer–lawns, vegetables, roses. See ya, Home Depot garden center!
  8. They stay outside all year long. Chickens are tough. Once they’re old enough to live outside, they’re hardy enough to survive winters and summers.
  9. They come in a lot of varieties. You’ve heard of bantams (the little ones); you’ve seen Rhode Island Reds. But do you know about Easter Eggers–the type that lay blue and green eggs? Or TK? I raise them, and I sell them.
  10. It’s just a cool thing to do.

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