reply to post by dreamingawake
Good reply. The person beginning this thread may have not considered the following:
Some good laying hens Leghorns lay big white eggs and quite a few but are flighty, have to watch em or clip their wings which Grandpa did if memory
Rhode Island Reds lay brown eggs (they taste better) but not as many or as often - but getting 5-6 good laying chickens and you would have enough eggs
to get your daily protein and eggs left over to barter and when they got old, if you could chicken dinner or barter them off to someone for chicken
dinner if you couldn't kill them.
We only had around seven cows and had so much milk we sold it to the neighbors.
Sheep, They don't mind being sheared in the summer.
Personally I couldn't kill a cow, sheep, chicken, dog or pig..........we didn't have pigs, so I don't know about pigs.
Keep in mind, cows eat a lot and I mean a lot of grain, hay and grass. They also poop a lot so you have to clean the barn out every single morning.
365 days a year.
You would do better having some chickens and growing vegetables, have some fruit and nut trees and some berry bushes.
If TSHTF your dog might be needed to help herd, protect your chickens and alert you to approaching people.
Now if your just in the woods, almost all woods are teaming with edible stuff - get a good book and learn.
I was taught by my elders what to eat and what not to eat so I'm pretty much set. The idea of a grub isn't appealing but hey it's protein and low
Most dogs would prove more valuable than many human companions. They hear better, see better, run faster, are more loyal.
Heck, eating your dog might be a real mistake. I don't hear well at all, but my dog lets me know who is approaching and I've taught her to quietly
Nothing like a dog - they are truly man's best friend.
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