After growing your own, keeping chickens or some other is the obvious next step in food self-sufficiency. Chickens can be kept in most back gardens or yards and don’t take a great deal of space or effort to look after.
Initially you can start by getting a few hens for the eggs. If you’ve not had a home-produced egg from chickens allowed some space to roam in the garden you’re in for a treat. The easiest way is buy some young hens ready to start laying – point of lay hens.
The next step is raising poultry for the table. That’s actually a big step since you’re going to have to face the reality of where the meat you eat comes from.
Chickens aren’t the only poultry suitable for keeping at home. Ducks are nearly as good egg layers as chickens and if you’re really tight for space you can keep quail in a small area.
The articles below should help you get started and answer your questions. If you are looking to get poultry check out our list of breeders here.