Managing my own self-sustaining flock has been a goal of mine that I have been working toward for over a year now. I have yet to reach a completely self-sustaining flock, and I find that would be very hard to do, but I would like to discuss and network with others who's goals are to have a self-sustaining flock.
Is it even possible, you might ask. Back in the pioneer days people raised heritage chickens, turkeys, and even ducks that were 100% self-sustainable. So yes, it is very possible to do so but in today's society it is a lot more difficult. For one, the land you would need for a completely self-sustainable flock would have to be several acres, full of nourishing food for your poultry and protection from predators. Secondly, it was a community effort back then to manage a self-sustaining flock and most of us today are working on our own or as a family.
I created this thread so we can all discuss our goal and share ideas and suggestions on how to make our flocks more self-sustaining. What breeds we use and think are best, different techniques, and the sharing of information. A modern day community if you will.
Many of us might have different reasons for wanting a self-sustaining flock. It could be to help combat the ever increasing cost of feed, to supply ourselves and families with healthy eggs and meat, to ensure our survival and the survival of our flock during an emergency, the ability to raise and grow a flock without being dependent on today's technologies.
We can learn from each others experiences and mistakes, growing our knowledge to better our flock and make it self-sustainable.
Edited by michaelinnc84 - 3/24/12 at 7:53am