Do you like your eggs fried, scrambled or hard boiled? If you have backyard chickens, you can have them any way you like, because with a coop of egg laying hens, you have an unlimited supply. If you’re planning for a bugout property, survival property or to be off the grid, then food production becomes a key ingredient of your success. With chickens you can have that and more.
- They are relatively inexpensive to care for and raise
- Provide chemical free pest control (they love eating ticks and pests in the garden)
- Non-stop fresh eggs that are larger and more nutritious than store bought
- They produce excellent fertilizer
- Their varied personalities provide a lot of entertainment
- Fresh eggs make a great bartering item (how many eggs for a fresh set of batteries?)
While I don’t personally have chickens, I have friends that do and they supply us with amazingly fresh, tasty eggs. I appreciate the fact that they can nearly eat their weight in pesky insects. So long as you don’t have a rooster, they make little noise, and they’re rather smart. Perhaps one of the most important things is to provide fresh water every day as they tend to make a mess of it. Make sure you keep them in their coop at night because wildlife in these mountains find them very tasty.
So if you’re serious about owning a bugout property or survival property here in the mountains of western North Carolina, then consider a property wherein you can raise backyard chickens.