Raising healthy poultry under primitive conditions is important as poultry products are probably the most universally accepted animal protein sources. Small flocks can be initiated most easily, providing meat and egg protein. This practical manual now includes a comprehensive section on diseases. Also included is an excellent section on duck raising. First published in 1990, and revised in 1994 and 2000.
I have kept chickens in a small suburban yard for several years. My eggs are of great quality, and the meat is beyond compare with grocery store chicken. While my preference in animals to raise is rabbits, my preference in animals to eat keeps chickens in my coop.
I can find no reason why a prepper or anyone wanting to be closer to their food, or less dependent on the commercial food chain should not keep chickens. Even vegans can benefit from the bug eating, ground tilling action of a flock of yard birds.
Besides my bees, nothing calms me more than sitting on the porch and watching chickens peck the ground.
The link below opens a PDF from the CD3WD set by Alex Weir. This document is on Raising Healthy Poultry Under Primitive Conditions.
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