I made the decision to buy some chicks a few years ago on a whim. Now, I can’t image not having my chickens because they have given me a certain amount of self sufficiency that I really enjoy.
People ask me all the time if they pay for themselves and really, that isn’t what this is about for me. I usually say I doubt it and I really don’t care. This is more about my need to not be so dependent on others to feed me and my family.
Chicken care and chick care are all about how to best take care of my family and my flock. A broody hen is a great thing to me becaus she is ready to raise the next generation of chicks for me.
My chickens provide eggs, meat and new chicks for future egg layers and meat producers. They also provide a lot of fertilizer for my garden in the form of chicken poop. The chicken poop makes my vegetable garden healthier and it produces a lot more vegetables for me to feed to my family as well as sell to locals.
They also provide a lot of entertainment. I can spend hours watching baby chicks run and play as they discover the joys of being outside. I also love to watch my hens and roosters peck and scratch around the yard. Even when they manage to escape and cause havoc in the garden, I still have to chuckle at them.
So, to those of you considering raising chickens and making a profit, I wish you luck. I’m sure it can be done but I’m just not that into that. My initial goal wasn’t to be more self sufficient but it has transformed into that for me as the years passed. I enjoy knowing that no matter what our government does or the state of the economy, I will be able to feed my family.
To learn how I figured out how to build my very first chicken coop without pulling my hair out, check this out.