We all know that grocery shopping can be a hassle, especially nowadays with prices of food and produce skyrocketing in the past few years. Not to mention the fact that the food industry has made it their personal goal to pump the most amount of hormones into our food possible, as well as genetic mutations to help influence growth.
With all of this craziness happening to our food, you may be asking yourself, how can I avoid all of this? What can I do to try and get away from the influence that the food companies have over what I eat? The answer is simple: do it yourself!
Before you get started, there are several things that you need to take into consideration about home farming, including:
The amount of space you have to work with The kind of money you have to invest The time you are able to devote to your farm
When planning what you must do to create a fully-functional backyard farm, one of the most important factors to take into account is the amount of space you have to work with. For obvious reasons, when you have more outdoor living space, you can get larger animals, and have more room to let them graze and wonder.
You also have to take into consideration that this farm is an investment, and that to make money you have to spend money. To make the most efficient farm possible, you have to able to afford the proper enclosures necessary, plus food and other expenses.
Farms that are much easier to maintain as far as budgets and space are concerned would be chicken farms. Chickens require less maintenance and space than a lot of other farm animals, and can be used for either egg-laying hens, or as a broiler chicken for meat. let's look at what it takes to run your own backyard chicken farm.
It is important to supply your chickens with the proper amount of space, which in this case would include having a coop that is large enough to accommodate all of the livestock that you purchase. You want to ensure that your chickens are not sitting on top of each other, nor cooped up too tightly.
Chickens which are allowed to roam around as free-range chickens are generally healthier and happier, as they are allotted enough exercise, and therefore produce more nutritious meat and eggs. For this reason, you have to make sure that you have a large enough enclosed area for your chickens to graze around when they are not in their coop.
Ensuring that your chicken's living space is kept clean is also crucial for their health. An unsanitary living space can cause diseases and parasites in your livestock, which can cause serious ailments, or, at worst, death in some younger chickens. If your chickens do develop an infestation of any kind, it is highly important to take care of this before it becomes too serious.
In general, there are some basic good health measures that you can practice to ensure that your chickens don't become ill in any way. Making sure that your chickens are not under or over fed is important, as neither under or over weight chickens are healthy chickens. It is also crucial to watch exactly what you are feeding your chickens.
Part of the point of having your own backyard farm is to get away from that, and so it would be beside the point to put hormones in your own chickens.
Having your own farm can be an extremely satisfying experience, not only because of the products you can get from producing your own food supply, but also because of the feeling of pride and satisfaction that it can bring you. If you follow the simple tips found in this article, you can soon be well on your way to producing your very own backyard farm.
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Freedom Ranger Hatchery is a family-owned and operated hatchery located in Lancaster County, PA. Owners Kendall & Ginger Fox started the business to expand the offerings of JM Hatchery, owned by Ginger's father Joel Martin. Kendall first began hatching chickens as an employee for JM Hatchery in 2005. Vincent Bair is a writer for internet marketing agency EZSolution and their clients. He lives and works in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and devotes his free time to his creative writing.