That’s a real question for the nearly 2 billion people living in extreme poverty today. There’s no single right answer, of course, and poverty looks different in different places. But through my work with the foundation, I’ve met many people in poor countries who raise chickens, and I have learned a lot about the ins and outs of owning these birds. (As a city boy from Seattle, I had a lot to learn!) It’s pretty clear to me that just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have chickens.
o Hens need some kind of shelter where they can nest, and as your flock grows, you might want some wood and wire to make a coop.They are easy and inexpensive to take care of.Finally, chickens need a few vaccines, Many breeds can eat whatever they find on the ground The one that prevents the deadly Newcastle disease costs less than 20 cents.
o They’re a good investment. Suppose a new farmer starts with five hens. One of her neighbors owns a rooster to fertilize the hens’ eggs. which is typical in West Africa with a sale price of $5 per chicken online
o Women who sell chickens are likely to reinvest the profits in their families. They empower women. Many cultures regard them as a woman’s animal, chickens are small & typically stay close to home in contrast to larger livestock like goats or cows.
o Malnutrition kills more than 3.1 million children a year. Although eating more eggs— They help keep children healthy.which are rich in protein many farmers with small flocks find that it’s more economical to let the eggs hatch, sell the chicks, and use the money to buy nutritious food. If she ends up with a few broken ones, she may decide to cook them for her family and if a farmer’s flock is big enough to give her extra eggs.
o The more hands-on you are with your birds, Clipping wings is a great place to start. Always use sharp scissors,the more confident you will become as a backyard chicken farmer.The above diagram is much more straightforward than any written description I could provide and make sure you are cutting only feathers and not fleshMany chicken keepers prefer this method rather than clipping both wings.Clipping one wing only will make a chicken feel lopsided as soon as it attempts to fly.
o Whether you decide to go with a coop or tractor, make sure your ladies have enough elbowroom. If the chickens are kept enclosed for long periods of time allow four square feet of indoor space per bird. The minimum space per bird is two square feet in a coop and four square feet in a run, although some sources advocate up to three times as much run space.
o When it’s time for you to build or buy a coop or tractor.Other considerations when housing your flock include a good roof, adequate ventilation, plenty of perches, nesting boxes, and an easy-clean floor.