Keeping chickens in your backyard can be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience. Chickens help by eating vegetable scraps and in return provide eggs and chicken manure.
Chickens can be put to work in a 'chicken tractor' (a temporary enclosure for gardening purposes) to prepare garden beds for planting.
If allowed to free range, they love to eat weeds and they also help to control insect pests. In addition, their natural behaviours such as scratching and dust bathing are just fun to watch.