Want to be more self sufficient!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by dkintz93, Nov 3, 2015.

  1. dkintz93

    dkintz93 New Egg

    Nov 3, 2015
    My Goal for 2016 is to get all meat myself for a variety of reasons. This includes hunting, farming (backyard) or buying directly from local farms or coops!

    I would like a part of my meat/ eggs to come from a small chicken coop in my back yard to supplement wild game, and if all else fails I'll look for local sources to buy meat from,, no more grocery stores!

    I've wanted to do this for a few years. And I plan to start beggining 2016! Any tips or advice would be appreciated!!
  2. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

    Dec 12, 2013

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    In addition to the hunting and poultry, give meat rabbits a thought. They reproduce quickly and aren't that expensive to raise and are ready for processing around 8-10 weeks old. I don't think I saw fishing mentioned, that's worth a try too. And gardening, lots of gardening will help with the food bills.

    Good luck!
  3. NickyKnack

    NickyKnack Love is Silkie soft!

    Welcome to BYC and the coop! There's a lot of great peeps here! Feel free to ask lots of questions. But most of all, make yourself at home. I'm so glad you decided to joined the BYC family. I look forward to seeing you around BYC. Wow! That’s cool. Good luck with your endeavors. :thumbsup
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Glad you joined us at Backyard Chickens. meat birds like Cornish x -are usually ready to process at 8 weeks or so.
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
  6. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 7, 2013
    Welcome to BYC!

    I suggest the Black Australorp for a chicken breed. The hens are laying machines for being able to be used as meat birds when they get older and the roosters pack on the pounds too. Black Australorp is my favorite breed and the only breed I'm raising. Beautiful, friendly, medium-large size brown eggs, excellent laying quality, and excellent meat birds. They are a common breed so I would imagine you could get them from any hatchery in the US. These are my Black Australorp pullets.











    Last edited: Nov 5, 2015
  7. trailrider330

    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2013
    Midwest America
    Welcome to the BYC flock! We are glad you joined us!


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