In the event of a catastrophic collapse of society, most people on this planet would suddenly find it very, very difficult to feed themselves. That’s one of the reasons most survivalists and preppers are so serious about home gardens and keeping livestock animals that can produce food.
If things go sideways for civilization, you’ll want a way to keep your belly full. However, sometimes local laws make that more difficult than it should be.
Can You Keep Chickens in the City?
You can usually keep chickens in a coop even in the suburbs or a city. You’ll want to check with your local government to make sure you’re not violating any city ordinances before you start sinking any money into the project, but odds are good you’ll be allowed to keep and raise chickens for laying eggs.
The first thing you’ll want to do, once you’ve confirmed your city allows you to keep chickens, is either build a coop for them or buy a pre-fabricated coop that you can install in your backyard. Once you have this, you can look into buying some chickens.
How Many Should I Get?
If you have a family of four, you’ll want around five or six chickens. This will allows everyone to have daily eggs, and will be a manageable number of birds to keep up with and take care of. Each bird will need ten square feet of outdoor space and three square feet of indoor space. One square foot of that indoor space should be roosting space.
What Are the Benefits of Owning Hens?
If you’re not convinced on the benefits of owning hens for the contingency of a societal collapse, there are other reasons to get your own egg-layers. These include considerations like knowing that your eggs are coming from healthy, humanely-treated hens and having control of your own food supply.
Likewise, you will also save considerably on food if you use seeds to grow your own chicken feed. This system can rapidly become self-sustaining, allowing you to grow all of your own food for the chickens while the chickens themselves provide food for you. That’s the very definition of a win-win scenario!