Hens as Pets

Is that your pet…hen? In most states, hens can now be domestic pets.

Owning hens has become so popular that municipalities such as New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are now allowing them. Why?, you may ask. Because chickens are one of the most environmentally friendly pets there are. The specific preference are hens, however, because roosters are way too noisy—and so not usually allowed as pets! If you have some space out of doors, below are some reasons you might enjoy investing in these fine feathered friends:

  • Eggs: Not only do hens save you a trip to the store, but these eggs also have lower cholesterol and higher amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3 is an important nutrient that can reduce the risk of a stroke and might improve joints. And for those like me who don’t have experience with farm animals, here’s a tip: you don’t need a rooster in order for a hen to lay eggs.
  • Cheap Pets: If you aren’t looking for an expensive animal, chickens are the way to go. All they really require is chicken feed, wood shavings, water and a feeder. For shelter, you can be as elaborate as you want. However, a fence around a dog house would suffice as a chicken coop.
  • Allergies: No sneezing or coughing here! Most people with pet allergies aren’t actually allergic to the animals, but to the fur.
  • Sustainability: This is the area in which chickens are one of the most environmentally friendly pets there are. They eat bugs and grass, along with any leftover food that may be lying around.
  • Fertilizer: When used correctly, chicken droppings are a good fertilizer for gardens.

Looking for a way to be more eco-friendly? A hen may be the pet for you!

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