In the past, many Americans raised rabbits for food. Not only was this food source essential for families for their own nutrition, but in some cases rabbit meat provided extra income in exchange for little cost and effort. Though less common today, raising rabbits specifically for meat has gained renewed interest as people have an increasing desire to grow or raise their own food for health and economic purposes. Rabbit meat is low in fat and cholesterol when compared to other meats making it a healthy choice for those who are on calorie or cholesterol limited diets. This quality of rabbit meat also makes it a desired product in restaurants and health food stores, where the meat can be sold for extra income.
Despite the old adage, breeding rabbits in your backyard isn’t as simple as it sounds. For starters, your city’s ordinances or homeowners’ association may not allow it. It also takes time, money and research to produce healthy bunnies in a responsible manner.
There are several breeds of chickens that lay blue-tinted eggs. Two of these, the Ameraucana and the Araucana or Rumpless Araucana, are the most commonly found in the United States. A third type which is widely available is called an Easter Egger.
With continually rising food costs, more and more people are looking for ways to save money on food bills. Many communities now allow small flocks of chickens to be raised for personal use. Fresh eggs are much tastier and of better quality than eggs purchased from commercial egg-laying farms.
So you have decided to get chickens. Chickens are a great resource for fresh eggs and meat that can be raised in a wide variety of environments and spaces. While they probably aren’t a great choice for apartment dwellers, chickens in an urban setting can do well if managed and cared for properly.