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More on The Best Animals for Self Sufficiency

The post on raising animals brought in some great replies. http://bit.ly/Vy4493  I gained some good information from them.  After more studying and reading the comments, I have decided that if you are living in a semi urban area with limited access to acreage like me, that chickens and rabbits would be the best choice.

For those of you with more land and fencing, goats, pigs and other large animals should be considered.  If you have a big enough area, they can scavenge a lot of their own food.  But remember you need a lot of feed for them.  With chickens and rabbits, I think I could find enough feed in my area to keep them healthy.…

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The Best Animals for Self Sufficiency.

Yesterday I was involved in a discussion of what would be the easiest and most practical animal to raise in a long term disaster situation for food.  We basically came up with three choices, but never did decide which would be best.  The three choices were pigs, chickens and goats.

The factors that we took in consideration were.

  • The length of the animal’s gestation period.
  • Does the animal produce multiple births and how long to maturity.
  • Can the animal live off the land?
  • Does it compete for resources with you?
  • What type of workload does it create for you?
  • Can it be butchered easily at home?
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Preparing Chickens for Cooking


As you may know by now, I was raised on a ranch and my grandmother and aunt did the cooking. My aunt raised all the chickens on the ranch and used them to feed the men. She must have had 200 or so chickens in different stages of age. Not only did she have chickens, but eggs to use for breakfast; also a few turkeys and a huge garden for vegetables. In those days they pretty much grew what they needed.

Besides the freedom of growing up on the ranch, I had fresh food. One of my memories was the goats.…

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