Friday, November 3, 2017 - Chickens are the new family dog, says backyard chicken expert and blogger, Kathy Shea Mormino. According to her new book, “The Chicken Chick’s Guide to Backyard Chickens: Simple Steps for Healthy, Happy Hens,” raising chickens is one of the fastest-growing hobbies in the United States.
More than 1% of all U.S. households now raise chickens; the USDA estimates that by 2019 urban chicken flocks will increase by 400%.
Mormino answers questions daily on her popular Facebook page for her more than 743,000 followers. You can view her blog at: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com.
Here are some of her tidbits of information.
- People are connected to these animals just like any domestic pet. But they don’t have the resources to take care of them when they get sick.
- Chickens are great companions. They help with soil. They eat their fair share of insects. It’s all those things, plus they make food for you.
- Most of us got our first chicken because we wanted fresh eggs. What is unexpected is that these animals will become family pets.
- Chickens don’t like change. … The pecking order is a real thing. They are not welcoming of new members.
- Some dogs are going to be fine without training. Some dogs will do fine with a great deal of training. Some dogs will never be fine with chickens. You can’t train the prey drive out of a dog.
- Most vets have no training or experience with chickens. Chickens have different challenges from indoor birds. Their nutritional needs are much more sensitive.
- These animals will hold a place in your heart the same way your dog does.
- If you keep it simple and stick to the basic tenets of raising them — good diet, clean water and a clean, dry living space — your birds will be as healthy as can be.
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