Many people don’t realize how easy and cost-effective it can be to farm their own organic chicken eggs rather than continually buying eggs at the local supermarket. In just a small portion of most backyards, you can house a chicken coop and all of the equipment needed to farm raise organic chicken eggs, which are known to have a wide range of benefits when compared to their store-bought counterparts. In the following paragraphs, we’ll explain how organic eggs are superior to your traditional supermarket eggs, and how you can easily get started with your own backyard chicken coop plans.
Why Devote a Portion of Your Backyard to Eggs?
Eggs are considered excellent sources of protein, vitamins and minerals that promote healthy cell growth and renewal. In addition to being premium protein sources, eggs also pack a good amount of iron, phosphorus, vitamin B-12, selenium, beta-carotene, vitamin A, and vitamin E. Next to a garden and a pond, a chicken coop is about the healthiest thing you can put in your backyard.
The chickens themselves can also assist with garden maintenance by providing natural pest control (by eating the pests), and their manure makes an excellent composting addition for amending your organic gardening soils. As such, chicken coops are often incorporated into backyard permaculture setups, in which components of the garden, landscape, and wildlife work together to create a sustainable, symbiotic miniature ecosystem.
How are Organic Eggs Better than Conventional Store-bought Eggs?
According to an egg content testing study conducted in 2007 by Mother Earth News magazine, the eggs from a free-range chicken contain seven times the beta-carotene, three times the vitamin E, and almost 70% more vitamin A. It has been hypothesized that the increased physical activity and reduction of stress experienced by free range chickens may promote a more vigorous assimilation and distribution of nutrients in the hens themselves, and an enhanced ability to pass those nutrients on to their young. Beta-carotene is a building block of vitamin A, and it is also responsible for the dark orange color seen in organic free-range eggs.
Getting Started with your Own Backyard Chicken Coop Plans
The main mistake many backyard chicken farmers make is building an inadequate structure, that they then confidently deem a “chicken coop.” In many cases these backyard coops are nothing more than makeshift shelters that give the chickens little more than shade and food to eat. While that style of chicken farming can work, it won’t produce optimal results in the form of happy chickens and a huge yield of highly nutritious and ultra-delicious organic eggs.
If you want that kind of performance from your backyard chicken coop, you’ll need to start with the some detailed chicken coop plans and go from there. Fortunately, the chicken coop plans available online will usually tell you which materials to buy and provide you with all the assembly instructions you’ll need to follow to get started.
Chances are you’ll wind up with more eggs than you can eat by yourself within a reasonable amount of time, so you’ll need to reserve a refrigerator and freezer for your eggs, and consider giving some of the excess to family members or selling some at your local farmers’ market. Regardless of what you choose to do with them, having your own organic home-farmed chicken eggs to enjoy and share will certainly feel like a huge accomplishment, especially if you consider yourself to be a health-conscious do-it-yourselfer.