There is something about economical stresses and hard times that give people the need to become more self-reliant. It’s been evident in every earlier economical downturn.
Even during the World Wars trends like Victory Gardens clipped up all over America. The essential needs of food, clothing and shelter became the priority once again. Our nations current monetary crisis has its own Americans coming back their focus to these basic needs. An expanding trend these days is the backyard chicken flock in Dodge Wisconsin.
What makes raising chickens helpful? The causes are endless but I’ll list five economical reasons why.
Chickens are cheap.
In the event that you are going to farm an animal to provide for you family, chickens are among the cheapest. Small chickens usually cost between $2 and $3 each. After that initial cost, the ongoing cost of hen feed and wood shavings are also very inexpensive.
Chickens need very little space.
Most breeds of chickens need only a couple of square ft of space per bird to be happy. Small chicken flocks have become more popular even in urban locations due to the ease of raising hens in a little space.
Hens need very little of your energy.
When your birds are settled in, you need only spend a few minutes a day caring for them. I check on my flock twice per day. In the morning before work and at night before bed, I simply refill the feeders and waterers. The shavings need to be changed once every one to 3 months depending on size of your flock. Undertake it on a nice day or on a weekend when you have around 20 mins to spare.
Chickens make you nice breakfast.
Consider the satisfaction of knowing that your family will not go famished or lack the dietary protein that they need as long as you have your own egg production in your home. After tasting or baking with fresh eggs you’ll think why you didn’t decide to raise hens sooner. Some hen breeds will produce upwards of 300 eggs or maybe more every year. Just three hens will provide you with almost 1000 eggs per year.
Chickens provide pest control and fertilizer.
While your birds are consuming harmful grubs and menacing mosquitoes, they will as well as fertilize your yard and garden. Some might not think this part of raising chickens is fascinating until they see how helpful it can be. It is possible to get odorless composting in your garden. Compost the birds’ manure and shavings with grass clippings and home veggie scraps. Then use the compost to improve your lawn or patio garden. Raising hens can help you raise more nourishing vegetables for your family.