Thursday, January 2, 2014
One of the considerations is the ability of the property to support us with food. Water and land for vegetables, fruit trees and berries, and enough space to have a few meat animals. Chickens and rabbits will most likely be on the menu!
Having never raised either of these, I'm obviously curious to understand the cost of raising these animals specifically to be slaughtered (plus eggs from the hens).
This article ("Cost of raising chickens in 2014") offers a glimpse into the ongoing costs of raising chickens and other fowl. Quite interesting stuff.
I've read a number of books on raising chickens and rabbits, but this is the first, "real time" cost estimates I've seen.
For those of you with chickens, do these numbers seem reasonable?
For me, cost is only part of the reason we'll be raising meat animals. The primary reason will be for self-sufficiency. Chickens will cost $100 a pound if the local Safeway has its supply chain interrupted!
On a related note, my wild pig hunt has been rescheduled. We're heading into the wilds in northern Sonoma county in late January. Wild pigs in California have no bag limit, and no season. Take 'em when you want, and as many as you want. Most land owners consider them to be vermin.
The young man that's obtained access to this land has indicated we're welcome to hunt there as often as we'd like. We'll see how this first hunt turns out, but if all is good, the pork aisle at the local supermarket may never see me again!
Accept The Challenge
If, for whatever reason, your local supermarket is unable to obtain food to sell, what would you do? How would you provide for yourself and your family if we had a disruption of 3 months? 6 months? Two years?
Could you provide for yourself, or would you become a ward of the state? A FEMA camp "guest"?
No problem. It looks like they have plenty of space left.
Skills and the proper resources will keep you alive and free.
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