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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by trudyg, Nov 6, 2015.

  1. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got a flier in the mail from a charity that says for X # of $'s you can buy 12 chicks for a needy family in South America. So, if they are needy then how do they feed the chicks? Do people in poor countries actually pay for chicken feed? or do they just toss out scraps and let the chickens find their own food?
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Is it from heifer.org?
     
  3. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Which charity it is makes a difference. Part of the Heifer deal is that they teach the people how to care for the animals, it’s not just giving them the animals and walking away. There is more to Heifer than that too. They are supposed to follow up. The animals are supposedly checked for disease before they are given. If it is a different charity, well I don’t know them or how they manage things.

    I understand this is very difficult for a lot of people to accept but for thousands of years the model for chickens kept on a small farm is that the chickens fend for themselves in good weather. In the bad weather months they need supplemental food, but during the good weather months they can feed themselves if (“If” is a huge word here) if the forage is good quality. By good quality I mean different grasses and weeds, grass and weed seeds, various creepy crawlies, and decaying vegetable matter for them to scratch and hunt in. It helps quite a bit if there are larger farm animals so the chickens can hunt and find some really good nutrients in the poop. Many farm families have eaten a lot of eggs and met form chickens raised that way.

    If the forage is right cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys, geese, many farm animals are quite capable of feeding themselves in good weather. In the winter months that changes. But many farm animals are pretty low maintenance and pretty inexpensive to keep in the good weather months.

    You also have predator issues, keeping them off other people’s property and out of their gardens and crops issues, different things. This model doesn’t work for the vast majority of people on this forum, but in the right place it can work really well.

    I would hope a lot of this is considered by that charity before they give an animal to anyone. It should be and supposedly Heifer does. But I don’t know about a different charity.
     
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  4. trudyg

    trudyg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's the one. I think this is a great concept, but I wouldn't do it if I thought the donee would then have to come up with money for feed. Looks like they are in a temperate to hot climate, so poultry should be able to find most of its own food. thanks!
     
  5. dheltzel

    dheltzel Overrun With Chickens

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    The Heifer Project has been going for decades and they really do follow up with training and have years of experience in each country/area to tailor the animals for that family. It all started with heifers (obviously) being sent to provide better milk-producing genetics, the idea being that they interbreed with the local stock to improve production while (hopefully) not losing much of the existing stock's adaptability. Same thing with chickens, they almost certainly have chickens already, these are to improve production of eggs and meat in their existing chickens.
     
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  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    X2 this is one project/organization that I can support in good faith. It isn't a matter of just dumping a box of chicks, a goat, a calf, etc on someone's doorstep and saying, "good luck".....the support, education, etc is also there.
     
  7. lazy gardener

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    They may also provide feed to get the family started.
     

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