There’s something about financial pressures and hard times that give folks the desire to become more self-reliant. It’s recently been evident in every prior financial downturn.
Even during the World Wars trends like Victory Gardens popped up all over the USA. The basic needs of food, clothing and housing became the priority once again. Our nations current monetary crisis has its own Americans returning their focus to these basic needs. A growing pattern these days is the backyard chicken raising in Summit Lake Wisconsin.
What makes raising chickens helpful? The causes are endless but I’ll list five financial reasons why.
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 and $3 each. After that initial cost, the ongoing expense of hen feed and wood bits are also very inexpensive.
Chickens require very little space.
Most breeds of chickens require only a couple of square foot 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.
Chickens need very little of your time.
When your chickens are settled in, you need only spend a few minutes each day looking after them. I look on my flock two times per day. In the morning before work and at night before I sleep, I simply refill the feeders and waterers. The shavings need to be changed once every 1 to three months with respect to the size of your flock. Get it done on a nice day or on the weekend when you have around twenty minutes to put aside.
Chickens make you nice breakfast.
Think of the satisfaction of knowing that your family will not go starving or lack the nutritional protein that they need so long as you have your own egg production in your backyard. After tasting or cooking with fresh eggs you’ll wonder why you didn’t choose to raise hens sooner. Some hen breeds will produce upwards of 300 eggs or maybe more per year. Just three chickens will provide you with practically 1000 eggs in a single year.
Chickens provide pest control and fertilizer.
While your chickens are eating harmful grubs plus menacing mosquitoes, they will also fertilize your yard 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 achieve odorless composting in your yard. Compost the birds’ manure and shavings with grass clippings and home veggie scraps. Then use the compost to richen your garden or patio garden. Raising poultry can help you raise more healthy vegetables for your family.