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Why Should You Build A Chicken Coop Of Your Own?
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Why Should You Build A Chicken Coop Of Your Own?

With today's economy in a rut, the high cost of food is threatening to push families into bankruptcy. Everyone needs to eat, but there comes a point when running to the grocery store to pick up some dinner becomes a dreaded occurrence.

In an effort to save money, more and more people are looking into making their own vegetable gardens and even building a chicken coop in their back yards.

It seems like a time-consuming process, but the results are astounding. Not only would it save you quite a bit of money, but it's also much healthier than buying the over-processed products from your neighborhood supermarket.

Building a chicken coop is easy and very profitable, as you could easily sell what you produce at farmers markets and local merchants. Lately, free-range chicken has been in high demand. More consumers are choosing it over other pre-prepared options, in an attempt to improve and maintain their health.

Chicken coops are a very green alternative to pre-packaged poultry. Their feed is very inexpensive and is often supplemented by leftover fruits and vegetables.

Another benefit to building a chicken coop is that the chicken droppings are excellent for your compost. They are high in nitrogen, one of the primary nutrients essential to plant growth and survival.

This means that, between keeping your backyard chickens and using the compost to enrich the soil in a vegetable garden, you could easily cut your grocery bill in half.

Chickens are also excellent for controlling the insect population. They feed constantly and help eliminate pests that might be harmful to plants.

Chicken is a healthy alternative to red meat. It provides the same amount of protein, but significantly less fat. Also, when you control their food intake, you can be sure that they won't be drowning in antibiotics or growth hormones. The nutritional value skyrockets due, in no small part, to the environment in which the chickens are raised.

Eggs produced by backyard chickens have more vitamin E, beta carotene, vitamin A, and omega-3 fatty acids than factory-produced eggs. In addition to the health benefits, studies show that free-range chickens and eggs taste much better than those raised in confinement.

Building a chicken coop is a very easy process. First, you should check the zoning laws in your area to make sure you are in compliance. Then you want to determine how much space you have to work with. There are many designs and plans that you can easily find online.

Each one has a basic set of materials you'll need, including wood, roofing, doors, and chicken wire. You'll need to determine which one is right for you by deciding how many chickens you plan to keep, and considering your ability to construct a certain coop. The more detailed the plans, the easier it will be for you to build.

Once you complete the chicken coop, you'll be one step closer to a self-sustaining lifestyle. You will sleep better knowing that in this troubled economy, if you lose your job you will still be able to feed your family.


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