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Myths and Facts about Chickens

Compiled by Doug and Nancy

Hens need roosters to make eggs.FALSE. You need roosters to get fertilized eggs (to make baby chickens). Hens lay their eggs regularly, fertilized or not. However, if you have roosters and the hens are laying fertile eggs, a visit to Mr. Refrigerator will stop the development of the eggs.
Hens are noisy.FALSE. Roosters are noisy. Hens are generally quiet, but will cluck now and again, especially when boasting about having just laid an egg in the nesting box. By any measure, dogs are noisier than hens.
Backyard eggs are healthier than store-bought eggs.TRUE.
  • 1/3 less cholesterol
  • 1/4 less saturated fat
  • 2/3 more vitamin A
  • 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
  • 3 times more vitamin E
  • 7 times more beta carotene
You get an egg a day from a hen.FALSE. The truth is that a good egg-layer will produce two eggs every three days. However, egg yield varies by chicken, by season, and sometimes even by weather events.
Chicken coops smell.That all depends on the number of chickens and the care you provide. A dozen chickens produce very little smell and if the coop is cleaned out every few weeks, or even every few months, there is generally no real issue with smell.
Chicken poop is great to use as fertilizer.Chicken poop is very rich in nitrogen and would burn your garden. It is suggested that you compost the chicken poop and use it on your garden later. Click for more.
If you let your chickens free-range in your backyard, you'll never have to mow or weed again.Almost true. To maintain a beautiful yard, you will probably still want to mow two or three times throughout the spring and summer. But, generally, the chickens will maintain your yard for you.
Chickens don't have the brains that God gave the goose.FALSE. Chickens vary in their intelligence from those who are adventurous and inquisitive, to those who can't find the door into the coop. They are very social and do self-regulate within their own community. The concept of a "pecking order" is real. And we have seen some roosters who are entirely "hen-pecked" and leave those hens alone in the affairs of the libido.
Chickens lay either white or brown eggs.FALSE. The color of the eggs is strictly a function of their breed. But there is a great diversity in egg colors. We have pale blue eggs, pale green eggs (delicious with ham), and even dark dark brown mottled eggs.
Chickens require a lot of work.FALSE. We open the coop in the morning, make sure they have enough water and food, and then leave them alone. At the end of the day they wander their way back into the coop, make their way up to the roosting bar and go to sleep. So, we just wish them a good-night and latch the door. The only other work is gathering the eggs.