For the last several years, we have helped our neighbors with their backyard chickens. When they take a trip, we feed and water them and gather the eggs. The best part of this is that we get to keep some of the eggs for our own use.
Also for the last several years, I've wanted to have a few chickens of our own, but my husband isn't quite as enthusiastic about it.
We have the space. Building a coop isn't a problem. (If he and my dad can build a conservatory, they can surely build a little ol' chicken coop, right?) And the benefit of having our own eggs, which we both love to eat, is a no-brainer.
But perhaps I'm missing a compelling reason that would convince him that we should get our own chickens. I only want a few!
This is where you, my dear readers, have a chance to help convince him that a few chickens are just what we need around here. In the comments, give your best pitch for us having chickens and I'll lay them on him.
While we're at it, I'd also like to hear reasons why we might NOT want to have chickens. Those, I might just keep to myself. ;-)