There’s something about economical stresses and hard times that give people the desire to become more self-reliant. It’s been evident in every previous economical downturn.
Even at the time of the World Wars trends like Victory Gardens clipped up all over America. The basic 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 increasing pattern these days is the backyard chicken flock in Pound Wisconsin.
Why is raising poultry helpful? The causes are endless but I’ll list 5 financial reasons first.
Chickens are cheap.
If you are going to raise an animal to provide for you family, hens are among the cheapest. Chicks usually cost around $2 to $3 each. From that initial cost, the ongoing cost of poultry feed and wood scraps are also very affordable.
Chickens require very small space.
A lot breeds of chickens need only a couple of square foot of space per bird to be joyful. Small chicken flocks have become more popular even in urban backyards as a result of the ease of raising chickens in a tiny space.
Hens need very little of your time.
When your birds are settled in, you need only spend a few mins a day caring for them. I check on my flock two times a day. Each morning before work and at night right before bed, I simply refill the feeders and waterers. The shavings have to be changed once every 1 to 3 months with regards to the size of your flock. Undertake it on a nice day or on the weekend when you have around 20 minutes to spare.
Chickens make you breakfast.
Consider the satisfaction of realizing that your family will not go starving or lack the nutritional protein that they need if you have your own egg production in your backyard. After tasting or cooking with fresh eggs you’ll think why you didn’t opt to raise chickens sooner. Some hen breeds will produce upwards of 300 eggs or even more per year. Just three chickens will provide you with almost 1000 eggs per year.
Chickens provide pest control and fertilizer.
While your chickens are consuming harmful grubs and menacing mosquitoes, they will as well as fertilize your lawn and garden. Some might not think this part of keeping chickens is exciting until they see how helpful it will be. It is possible to get odorless composting in your yard. Fragment the chickens’ manure and shavings as well as grass clippings and household veggie scraps. Then use the compost to improve your vegetable garden or patio garden. Raising chickens can help you raise more nourishing vegetables for your family.