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.Raising Goats for Meat and Milk