Raising chickens for meat is a good way for small homesteaders to become more self-sufficient. Here’s how to do it.
If your goal is to be as self-sufficient as possible, growing and raising as much of your own food as you can is essential. Chickens are one of the easiest and least expensive sources of protein that you can raise on a small homestead. Raising chickens for meat requires relatively small amounts of time and maintenance compared to other animals, they don’t take up a ton of space, and they provide other benefits such as fertilizer and pest control.
Besides feeding and watering, you will want to make sure you can keep your chickens healthy, and protect them from the many predators which also love tasty chickens, from raccoons, to dogs, to owls and hawks.
The video below from Weed ‘Em And Reap explains how to raise a year’s supply of chickens for meat, from breed and feed considerations, to caring for and raising your chickens, all the way through the butchering and freezing processes.