If you want to be more food independent, then you need to raise your own meat (vegans excluded – ya’ll still should but I’m not going to preach at you).
Chickens are accessible to most, heck some cities are even changing zoning to allow small amounts of backyard chickens. While I like food rabbits more than chickens for a variety of reasons, chickens are seen more as food. At least I con’t get death threats on my youtube videos on butchering chickens like I do on my rabbit videos.
In real life, not the theoretical internet world, I choose to keep both. But that means I have to house both. Chickens are hearty, and don’t require much more than a place out of the rain and secure from predators.
Keeping chickens dry and safe from the weather is easy, but as I live in a subdivision, predators include raccons but dogs kill most of my chickens. I have tried all manner of housing options, and this PDF gives you some more.
The link below opens a PDF from ATTRA. ATTRA is the national sustainable agriculture information service operated by the National Center for Appropriate Technology. This document is on Range Poultry Housing.
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