There’s something about monetary stresses and hard times that give people the desire to become extra self-reliant. It’s been evident in every prior monetary downturn.
Even during the World Wars trends like Victory Gardens cropped up all over America. The essential needs of food, clothing and shelter became the priority once again. Our nations current financial crisis has many Americans going back their focus to these basic needs. An increasing pattern these days is the backyard chicken flock in Nashotah Wisconsin.
Why is raising chickens helpful? The reasons are endless but I’ll list five financial reasons first.
Chickens are affordable.
If you are going to raise an animal to supply for you family, chickens are among the cheapest. Small chickens usually cost between $2 and $3 each. From that initial cost, the ongoing expense of chicken feed and wood bits are also very affordable.
Poultry require very little space.
Most breeds of chickens require only a couple of square ft of space per chicken to be happy. Small chicken flocks have become more popular even in urban backyards due to the ease of raising poultry in a tiny space.
Poultry need very little of your energy.
When your birds are settled in, you need only spend a few minutes a day taking care of them. I look on my flock twice a day. In the morning before work and at night before bed, I simply refill the feeders and waterers. The shavings have to be changed once every one to three months with regards to the size of your group. Do it on a nice day or on a weekend when you have about 20 mins to spare.
Chickens make you delicious breakfast.
Think of the satisfaction of understanding that your family will not go starving or lack the dietary protein that they need so long as you have your own egg production in your home. After tasting or cooking with fresh eggs you’ll wonder why you didn’t decide to raise chickens sooner. Some chicken breeds will produce upwards of 300 eggs or maybe more every year. Just three hens will provide you with almost 1000 eggs in a year.
Chickens provide pest control and fertilizer.
While your hens are consuming harmful grubs and menacing mosquitoes, they will also fertilize your yard and garden. Some might not exactly think this part of raising chickens is exciting until they see how helpful it can be. It is possible to achieve odorless composting in your garden. Compost the chickens’ manure and shavings with grass clippings and household veggie scraps. Then use the compost to improve your garden or patio garden. Raising poultry can help you raise more healthy vegetables for your family.