What Hens Can Do For Our Community

HEALTHY HOMES


* Organic, free-range eggs are healthier – and tastier. Research has shown that organic eggs have 25 percent more vitamin E, a third more vitamin A, 75 percent more beta-carotene, and significantly more omega-3 fatty acids. 


* Keeping backyard hens encourages sustainable, small-scale home food production by producing eggs at home.

* By keeping your own chickens you can reduce disease risk by simply keeping your hens’ coops clean. In contrast, you have no control over sanitary conditions of store-bought eggs.


ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINES

* Backyard hens help reduce our carbon footprint by creating local food. This also lowers our dependence on chemicals, fossil fuels, and factory farming.

* Hens help gardeners lower their need for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, because chickens eat bugs and weeds. Chicken droppings can also be easily turned into valuable compost! 


BOTTOM LINE BOOSTER 

* Small-scale chicken raising can improve local budgets by reducing waste disposal costs. According to author Patricia Foreman, one chicken eats about 7 pounds of food waste a month.

* Some places have even turned this into a moneymaker: The Belgian town of Mouscron has given out egg-laying hens to residents to reduce household waste. 


CONTRIBUTING TO OUR COMMUNITY

* Keeping backyard hens is great educational tool to teach children about food production. Chickens make great warm cuddly pets, and are great for families with cat or dog allergies.

* It’s a growing trend in communities across the country including Baltimore, New York, Madison, Buffalo, Hartford, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and more!


NOT A NUISANCE

* Hens can easily live in an enclosed backyard area the size of urban lots.

* Hens aren’t noisy. Their clucks are less noisy than dog barks.

* A survey of more than 20 cities that adopted chickens found limited impact on animal control. Most saw no violations and city officials were overwhelming positive about the rule. Some were neutral but none bad.

* Chickens don’t smell. If they do, the owner isn’t taking care of them! And five hens generate the same amount of manure as a medium-size dog.

* They’re safe. The Center for Disease Control says they won’t spread avian flu.