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Raise Chickens on a Budget

Raising a flock can cost a large chunk of change if you’re not careful. At the same time, raising chickens can have a huge positive impact on your overall quality of living if you utilize the perks. Chickens can be used for food, for companionship, and as a learning experience. If you’re looking to raise chickens on a budget, there’s a few things you can do to keep your cost to a minimal:

?  Build your own chicken coop. The biggest expense when raising a flock can be caused from your chicken coop. Many chicken coops can be in the hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the size, location, and features included. Rather than pay for the convenience of a built coop, build one yourself. Purchasing a chicken coop plan is a fraction of the cost, and you can customize to your liking.

?  Purchase supplies locally. When you purchase your food or supplies online you’re paying the marked up cost for convenience in addition to a shipping and handling cost. If you find a deal that’s hard to pass up online, keep in mind that when you purchase online returning the item is difficult. In addition, you will not have the opportunity to inspect the item before purchasing.

?  Raise your own chickens. Adults chickens can cost more money depending on the breed. You also have no say in how the flock was raised or what they were fed before coming to you. By raising your flock from eggs or as chicks you now have the ability to monitor what they consume, how they are treated, and how much you spend to do so.

?  Free range your flock. Over time the purchase of food can drive up the cost of caring for chickens. Rather than keeping your flock strictly on a feed diet, allow your flock to free range as well. Provide your flock with a clean and safe area for them to free range. Your chickens will get much needed vitamins and minerals from eating free range in addition to saving you plenty of money.

?  Make your own food. Save even more money feeding your flock by making your own feed for the flock. By making your own feed you’ll be saving money and you’ll know exactly what your flock will be eating, with no added fillers or preservatives.

?  Keep your flock healthy. If one chicken gets sick you risk your entire flock growing ill, which can then cause you to lose lots of money in vet fees or lost profit. Through proper nutrition and shelter you’ll be providing your flock with the opportunity to have a long and healthy life. If you’re raising your flock for food you’ll want to make sure your flock receives the best nutrition to ensure you receive the best quality food as well.

Following these tips you’ll be able to save hundreds of dollars when raising chickens, as well as provide your flock with a good quality of living.


Why You Should Start Farming Your Own Food

If you’ve been debating on starting your own farm, now is the perfect time to do so. On the other hand, if you’re still on the fence on whether or not farming your own food is for you, here are just a few reasons:

We live because we supply our bodies with the nutrients it needs to survive. Without proper nutrition our bodies suffer and give out on us. Many items purchased from a grocery store promise good health and claim to be packed with the vitamins and minerals your body needs. What they fail to tell you on the label is that so many items claiming to be “healthy” are also packed with preservatives and chemicals that end up doing more harm than good. Avoid this by raising your own food. Through proper care and monitoring you’ll grow a crop fit to feed your whole family, without all the harsh additives other food contains.

Food is expensive. If you go to your local grocery store you’ll notice the price of items is steadily rising. It may be as small as a penny, but over time that penny adds up. Items such as vegetables, fruits, and chicken have increased almost double in cost over the past decade or two, and will continue to grow in price. By planting your own crops and raising your own chickens you decrease the cost of food by half, if not more. Your crop provides plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, while your chickens provide plenty of eggs and meat. You can even raise your own cattle for milk and meat as well. Now the only thing you’ll need to purchase from a grocery store is a few spices, perhaps bread, pasta, or rice if you desire it, and the occasional miscellaneous item.

Lessen your carbon footprint by eliminating the heavy machinery and poisons that pollute so much of our foods. By purchasing from big stores you’re not only polluting your body, you’re also contributing to the pollution of the world. Popular food brands process and produce their foods in large factories that pump out toxins into the air and water. By raising your own food you’re cutting all of that out. You monitor what goes on and around your food, and can even use non electrical hand tools to eliminate all forms of pollution. Take a deep breath of the fresh air you’re contributing to without all the harsh pollutants. Doesn’t that feel better already?

And, finally, if you have children, this is a great opportunity to teach! By teaching your children how to grow their own plants and raise their own flocks, you’re not only teaching them responsibility but you’re also teaching them survival. If, for some reason, stores were to run low on food items (with our population increasing every year this isn’t too far off) your children will now know and understand the basics on survival and raising their own food. You will have given them a lesson that will be irreplaceable!

Join the food revolution today, and you’ll be on your way to being completely self-sufficient. 

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