The Economy and Your Chickens

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Birch Run Farm, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    VERMONT
    I had an odd thought this morning. With the economy and confidence plummeting and many people facing hard times ahead (and I think it is going to last for years). I started to wonder when our livestock might suffer?

    Will people steal our chickens, cattle, goats, etc to survive?

    With that thought, how will you protect your animals? I have some game cameras I can set up if such a problem happens.

    Have any of you already experienced such?
     
  2. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    A lot of folks here have had to deal with two legged predators. I haven't, but thanks to reading a million posts about it, I've started padlocking my birds and have plans for a game cam. I think we'll also be installing a gate across the driveway. I don't think it will be wholesale chaos with chicken thieves roaming in packs through the night, but my neighbors already worry me a little.
     
  3. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    we electrified ALL our fences and pens . All entrances are padlocked .

    Yes , with this weird strange economy you can bet people will stop at nothing when the going gets tough
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    What the economy has done is make me feed the less expensive feeds, not the ones I want to feed like game bird breeder, since that is way more expensive than layer feed. I hate it, but the humans must survive here, too.
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    I've read posts on here about people losing chickens and eggs.

    My thought is that we should use the economy to our benefit in what ways we can. If we have the land, we should grow food (meat, eggs and vegetables), process/can it, and sell some of it for prices cheaper than the grocery store. We should get our neighbors into raising chickens and they won't complain about ours.
     
  6. BettyR

    BettyR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have always locked our chicken house at night...you never know...but we are so far out in the middle of nowhere it would cost way more in gas to get out here to steal a chicken than it would to just buy a chicken.
     
  7. setter4

    setter4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Personally I don't think things are going to get anywhere near that bad but...
    Unless your game cameras are different than ours they won't be much good. We had ours set up by a salt lick to get pics of the deer someone came and stole the salt lick and took the camera because it took their picture! We are pretty sure that's what happened because all the salt licks in the area were stolen that week. If we had had the camera locked to the tree they would have just smashed it to keep from being identified.
     
  8. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    My one neighbor has chickens and the other is a farmer, so I don't have to worry about my neighbors at least!

    At the moment, it costs as much to feed our chickens as it does our dog every month, so the cost isn't an issue. But I am looking for cheaper feed to try and save what little money I can. All the local feed stores have jacked up their prices, so I have to drive about 40 minutes to buy feed.
     
  9. MichiganWoods

    MichiganWoods DD (Artistic Digital Diva)

    Oct 6, 2008
    West Michigan
    One of the reasons we decided to start raising chickens was because of the economy (and the snow). We found out once we started building our coops that the neighbors down the street had already decided to do the same thing and had chickens already. Then the neighbors next to us told us they were going to get some, and the neighbors on the other side of the other chicken owners said they were going to get them too. I don't think we'll have a problem with chicken thievery. We're at the end of a dead end private street and we're surrounded by thick woods, and farm land. It wouldn't be easy for anyone to just walk onto our property to get to our livestock.

    And we've already decided that when we start getting eggs, we're going to talk with the lake association that's just down the road and let them know they can put a blurb about farm fresh eggs in their association newsletter. I'm sure the residents would be happy to just have to drive less than 1/2 a mile to get eggs. The nearest store is 9 miles one way from here.
     
  10. lowcountrypoultry

    lowcountrypoultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well I already lock my cages when I am away etc.. because there is already people who enjoy to STEAL my chickens..

    I have noticed people getting tight with their money, I used to could sell a full grown hen for $15, not I cant even get $10 [​IMG]
     

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