2 looky chickens
  • Save

Homesteading: Raising Chickens as a Survival Prepper

Homesteading: A Path to Self-Sufficiency and Sustainable Living – Raising Chickens

2 looky chickens
  • Save

We need to look at the lost art of homesteading known as self-sufficiency. Homesteading become a popular form of survival prepping. More people are buying land tracts to live self-sufficient lives, striving to disconnect from the grid and work to ensure their long-term emergency preparedness.

Read this: WikiHow – How to Take Care of Chickens

Homesteading is known as subsistence agriculture involving food production mainly for the family. For example, a family grows grain and uses that grain to make enough bread for themselves, but not to sell. Preserving what they have grown as crops. Some may make crafts and clothing to sell.

Read this: 4 Reasons NOT To Get Chickens

Homesteading is done differently around the world and was different in different historical eras. It was known as a permanent communal settlement. The use of the term in the United States dates back to the Homestead Act (1862) and before. The Act was a federal law granting 160 acres of public land to virtually anyone willing to work the land and build a residence within 5 years.

By Kwameghana - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=117491790
  • Save
Chicken coop situated in a compound house
By Kwameghana – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Diversifying Food Sources: The Key to Unlocking Long-Term Sustainability

Part 1. Raising Chickens for Protein Sources on a Homestead

Introduction: Chickens as a Beginner Homesteader’s Choice

They give two protein sources – meat and eggs! Chickens are often considered one of the easiest animals to raise for beginner homesteaders. I don’t currently raise chickens, but my next-door neighbor does. They built a big coop using a carport frame for the base and filled it in with wood planking. This protects them from critters at night. They get let out during the day for free-range.

I get my chicken meat and sometimes eggs, from my health-food co-op. I have a big dog that likes to chase and eat chickens, so it is not a great choice for us to raise chickens, at least not free-range.

Here we will discuss the benefits of raising chickens, considerations for coop size, the nutritional value of eggs and chicken meat, and the potential for breeding and long-term sustainability.

Related – About Teri and Her Old Homestead

1.1 Appropriate Coop Size and Considerations

When raising chickens, providing them with an appropriate-sized coop is essential. Coops have a capacity limit, and exceeding this limit can cause stress to the chickens. Ensure the coop is spacious enough to comfortably accommodate the number of chickens you intend to raise. Pre-made coops are readily available for purchase, or you can build one if you have the necessary knowledge and tools.

1.2 Nutritional Value of Fresh Eggs

Chickens can provide a daily supply of fresh eggs, which are highly nutritious and a great source of protein. Get out of the house and go collect some eggs from the coop! Make this a part of your daily routine. Get the kids involved. Fresh eggs from backyard chickens are generally considered more nutritious than store-bought ones. Use them for all kinds of various culinary dishes – breakfast dishes, baking, making casseroles, quiche (yum!) Eggs provide you with a versatile protein source. The variety of egg preparation methods can be very beneficial in a survival situation.

Baby Chicken in Ishawarganj, Mymensingh, Bangladesh
  • Save
Baby Chicken in Ishawarganj, Mymensingh, Bangladesh

1.3 Nutritional Value of Chicken Meat

In addition to eggs, chicken is high in protein, is very nutritious, and provides essential nutrients. You need proper knowledge of dressing and butchering chickens to prepare them for eating.

1.4 Importance of Feed Analysis and Proper Storage for Maintaining Feed Quality

Feed analysis surveys have revealed the existence of feed quality problems, such as variations in calcium and phosphorus levels and the inactivation of essential nutrients like phosphorus, calcium, and vitamin D. These issues often arise due to long-term storage in hot and humid conditions, which can lead to chemical changes and degradation of feed quality. To ensure optimal nutrition for your chickens, it is crucial to implement feed analysis practices and adopt proper storage methods.

Animal feed can be susceptible to microbial contamination, especially cereal grains, forages, and vegetable matter. Proper feed storage is essential in minimizing microbial contamination and preserving feed quality.

With the ability to raise and process chickens on your homestead, you can have a consistent supply of meat for your dietary needs.

1.5 Breeding for Long-Term Sustainability

To breed your female chickens, get them a rooster! This can contribute to a long-lasting food source. While keeping the rooster separate to control breeding is important, intentional breeding can ensure a continuous supply of chickens. Chickens typically have a limited laying period, usually a few years, after which their egg production declines. By breeding new chickens, you can maintain a sustainable source of eggs and potentially meat.

For many details on raising, moving, butchering, and tips on chicken issues, see ChickenMethod.com for funny and insightful articles on how he does chickens.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Thank you for reading. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, and I will be more than happy to help you.

Next: Rabbits! So Cute. Do I Have to Eat Them?
Read – 7 Reasons Why Raising Rabbits is Great for Survival Preppers

  • Save

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Yes, I would like to receive emails from Survival Prepper Supply Kits. Sign me up!

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Survival Prepper Supply Kits. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share via
Copy link