Welcome to Swampy Acres Farm Chicken Page! Please feel
free to cruise around with the chickens or navigate back to
the home page using the flash menu to the left. We have lots
more to see here besides chickens!
Why chickens? Since I live in the middle of nowhere and have
no neighbors in sight, I thought it would be fun to have some
farm animals. So I went down the list:
Horses = Expensive to buy, Expensive to keep, and live 20
years, produce nothing
Cows = (see horses), except produce milk.. which is a
nightmare to harvest
Pigs = Cheap to buy, moderate to keep, live 7 years... and
you can only have two in my town (more than that is
considered a"piggery"), produce nothing, but you can eat
them (no thanks)
Sheep = Moderate to buy, Moderate to keep, live about 10
years, produce wool, but not enough to do anything with.
Goats = Moderate to buy, Cheap/Moderate to keep, live
about 10 years, produce milk (again nightmare to harvest).
(Note: Eventually decided to get some goats... see goat
Chickens = Cheap to buy, Cheap to keep, live about 7 years,
produce eggs that are easy to harvest.
So, I don't feel like going broke paying two grand a year to
feed a horse... chickens are cheap and they don't live too
long.. and they are not too fussy... so that is where I started.