During the depression, people raised critters in their back yards to feed their families. Chickens, ducks, pigeons, etc... My grandma had a garden, a berry patch, apple trees and rabbit hutches. The bunnies were food. Not pets. A few questions for the people with only a few critters....With the current economic environment, are you raising your chickens (or ducks, or whatever) to lessen the impact of the crazy economy? Or is this just a hobby? Are you thinking about increasing your flock?