Farm raising is quite a norm these days. It is mainly because it is simple and a profitable business. Not only that, farm animals are a good source of dairy products so there remains no longer the need of running to the grocery for eggs and milk. Homesteaders have shown great interest in buying farm animals but there still remains a question: How to raise farm animals for profit?
Chicken are adorable animals. They are small, they don’t require too much of look after and can live quite well on their own. Feeding and vaccination for chicken is also quite cheap and affordable and the return products (eggs) that they offer almost come for free.
One of the major advantages of raising chicken is that their feeding is almost free. They are always at it scratching and eating the insects from the ground. If you have a place behind barns with a lot of compost, it is quite an ideal location for hens and smaller fowl animals.
Additionally, even if you want to feed them separately, it doesn’t really cost much. Hens eat almost anything you give them so you can even give them the leftovers from your meals. Just make sure they are not chunkier and smaller in size so that they can be swallowed.
If you own a handful of chicken, you can make quite a few bucks every week by selling eggs for 50 cents a dozen. Moreover, since these eggs are quite fresh so they guarantee better health to you and your family.
Fowl animals are quite vulnerable to ailments and diseases. This is one area where you need to be quite careful. Ensure that your chicken are kept in a cozy environment regardless of the weather. Also, they should be constantly checked for vaccinations to avoid them from getting victimized to bird flu and other such viral diseases.
For this purpose, you can even seek help from veterinary professionals. They don’t require much space so a small shed would be enough space for quite a few chicken.
Chicks are the next profitable animals we will talk about. Chicks as young as one day old can be sold to other homesteaders around. They offer good price value and in this way you will be able to develop connections and business links with other homesteaders in the same field.
Selling chicks is a good idea also because if you don’t have enough facilities, they can die within a week so you are better off selling them to a place where they can be better taken care of. If you wish to raise the chicks and do not want to sell them, you should have a definite aim as to what you want from them. Needlessly raising chicks can get you in bit of a tangle.
When your hens get old enough where they are no longer capable of laying enough eggs, call your friends over for a barbecue and celebrate the departure of a good source of income with them.