Can chickens provide a sustainable food source?

Chickens a sustainable food source?

What’s better than a farm-fresh egg? The answer is nothing! You don’t need acres of land or even considerable square footage to raise your chickens. You can raise chickens right at home in urban backyards. And by collecting them yourself, not only do they add some sustainability (especially when compared with store-bought), but you also know exactly where the eggs come from.

Home Farm

A home operation can provide you with sustainability in both food availability and personal health because it’s healthier than store-bought farm conditions. Large chain products often come from mass production systems full speed ahead without any regard for our environment or stressors on the birds.

Factory-farmed eggs have an environmental footprint larger than most people realize. The manure produced by hens can cause excessive nutrients to seep into the soil, eventually affecting drinking water sources for humans and animals. Hen houses also emit noxious gasses like ammonia and phosphorus, which are harmful to the respiratory system.

However, when in a less confined space like your yard, the benefits of having chickens are endless. They’ll eat all sorts of unwanted insects, fallen produce, and dead stalks that would otherwise be a problem for you to deal with.

The eggs you buy at the store are usually washed and refrigerated because they need to prevent any bacteria. However, there’s no need for this step with freshly laid eggs. Eggs are coated in a natural bloom that protects the egg from any bacteria entering. In this state, the eggs can be kept on the counter for weeks.

These are just a few of the benefits and why a home bird operation is sustainable and a must. HPC promotes this type of sustainable living and offers tools to make this function more efficient.