Number One. Backyard chickens produce healthier eggs than most factory-producing chickens that are raised in close quarters. According to one source, eggs from backyard chickens have, on average, 25% more vitamin E, 33% more vitamin A, 75% more beta carotene, and “significantly more” omega-3 fatty acids.
Number Two. Eggs from backyard chickens taste better. Store-bought eggs can be weeks old. Nuff said.
Number Three. Chickens eat insects, so backyard chickens help with pest control.
Number Five. Owning backyard chickens is a step in the right direction to leading a sustainable existence.
There are lots more reasons to have backyard chickens. The cost of getting set up with them is little in comparison to the benefits. But, like anything else, we must also have a chicken-supporting community.
Monday night, Peterborough city councillors are poised to ensure the city does not support backyard chickens. Only two councillors have indicated they will vote against a bylaw that would limit them and eventually get rid of them. If you want to make a difference, there’s a petition – Give Peeps a Chance – or simply attend the meeting at 6 p.m., which has been moved to Market Hall due to expected numbers, and ruffle some feathers.