I decided to write this after reading a recent thread about creating mutant brainless chickens to feed the world’s population...
Anyway, I won’t go on about that too much, just wanted to tell people about my familys experiance with chickens...
How many others have discovered how great chickens are??
We have a whole mix of people on ATS and, regardless of if you are a survivalist, environmentalist, animal lover, or just plain hungry... Chickens are
a great addition to your garden. We started keeping Chickens at the beginning of this year. For a few years we have kept a vegetable patch in our
garden and this seemed like the next logical step.
We started the veg patch for mixed reasons... We wanted our kids to be educated and know where their food comes from. We also wanted fresh clean food
that had no additives, pesticides, and hadn’t been flown half way around the world. Once the veg patch was established we started thinking about
We didn’t like the ideal of the chickens and eggs we consumed coming from chickens kept in tiny cages with no daylight. The thought of eating
something that has lived a miserable existence and is pumped full of drugs is something my family and I didn’t like. And if you mix all that with
rising food prices, and the destruction of the world’s forests for agriculture, it seemed like the right thing to do.
It was one of the best decisions we have made... The kids are in the garden far more, regardless the weather, and we have our own supply of meat and
eggs. We do slaughter our own chickens and before anyone gets all judgemental on me please bear in mind that we ARE meat eaters, that will not change
in our family. However, my own personal belief is that if I can’t slaughter my own meat then I shouldn’t eat meat at all. Of course this is
something completely personal for me and not something I project onto others or judge them for. We make sure that our chickens have as good a life as
we can give them and provide them with the best that we can afford. It is a mutually beneficial relationship.
Of course having a tiny back garden means that we cannot keep many chickens and so have to supplement our meat with Chicken bought from shops. But the
money we save, by not having to buy eggs, means that we can afford to buy free range organic chicken, when we do need to purchase it.
Anyway, for those of you out there with gardens... consider chickens, you won’t regret it I promise
Also, their pooh is great for the vegetable patch. We have just started a website dedicated to our journey with Chickens but I am not sure if linking
it will break any ATS rules so I have left it out.
Any mods reading this? Can I post a link to my website??
I was going to post some pics, but I forgot my ATS media password and for some reason (even though I clicked on reset password) the new password has
not been emailed to me yet. Once it has I will upload some pics of our Chickens.
edit on 14-9-2011 by Muckster because: spelling