Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about frozen eggs. Throughout the winter months as temperatures continue to drop, you’ll also find your egg production reducing. Getting every last precious egg from the coop to the house is of importance. But what happens when your eggs start to freeze, or worse yet, crack?
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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings.
Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about how to convince your spouse you need more chickens! For many of you listening, chickens may be on your urban backyard or homesteading wishlist, but how do you convince your spouse you need chickens and more of them?
Really, we feel like this could be summed up in one word. Eggs.
Dogs are nice and all but chickens produce food! Eggs for you, your friends, family and community! With chickens and lots more of them, you can share these healthy, nutritious nuggets with all.
If that’s not convincing in and of itself, let them know that chickens can provide lush gardens with their free fertilizer. Chickens will fertilize your lawns as they free-range. But coop clean out into your compost bin can result in some precious nitrogen, introducing you to a new level of inexpensive, organic fertilizer.
Ok, but can we talk about the entertainment!? Have you ever seen a chicken, or a whole flock for that matter come running for mealworms. Curiously follow you around the yard? Chase squirrels and wild birds from their favorite hangout. Chickens will provide endless amusement, we promise.
Playing hard to get we see. Well, in addition to pest control throughout your yard as they gobble up insects and squirmy bugs. They also help reduce food waste in your kitchen. If they tell you you’re not letting them in the house.. You don’t have too, well at first anyways. Just toss them your fruit and veggie kitchen scraps. In fact, please refer to Meyer Moment 11, linked below, where we talk all about all the kitchen scraps your chickens will gladly take care of for you.
Have children with this said spouse? Or maybe even nieces and nephews, or friendly neighbor kids for that matter. Chickens are a prime lesson in responsibility. Feeding, watering, coop cleanout, egg collection. This new backyard routine will whip them into shape in no time!
Woah woah, it’s a positive aspect we promise, because in the grand scheme of things, chickens are really easy to care for. Depending on your set-up you can automate their feeding, watering and even coop door. Coop clean you say, eh, happens once a month or twice a year if you do the deep litter method. You can’t argue here, chickens are low-maintenance.
Lastly, social sustainability. Social in the fact that all your friends and family will be oogling your #eggenvy photos. Not to mention asking you for tips and tricks for possibility starting their own flock. Which leads us to the sustainability factor. Not only in food production, but also in your environmental footprint.
Now get ready to click that order confirmation button, because after this episode your spouse has to be convinced. And if not, you have one two choices. Do it, or do it anyway. My motto-it’s better to ask for forgiveness instead of permission. In the case of chickens anyways.
Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!
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