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    Clandestine Chickens

    "Adventures of Keeping Basement Chickens and General Mayhem Around Our Urban Farm!"

    I think this lady's onto something good. I do wonder if they make the cost of their investment back in eggs. What do you think? This is of course for those of us in areas where farm animals aren't allowed.

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    Poultry in the home is a bad idea.
    "The clever cat eats cheese and breathes down rat holes with baited breath." W. C. Fields

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawgrider View Post
    Poultry in the home is a bad idea.
    Why? Too messy?
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    'Taint Worth It.

    Our Prepper group has lots of chickens that can be free ranged in time of activation after the chicken food runs out. We have no roosters as they make too much noise. When a hen lays she brags but we don't have neighbors close enough to hear them. That is our plan.

    We built a rabbit barn with 15 does and bucks to began producing meat. But we then discovered we could not store enough rabbit food to produce lots of rabbits that would take many months to become dinner. We could not free range them like the chickens because they would not come home at nights as the hens would. So we abandoned that project and gave away the cages & equipment.

    Here was our deliberate reasoning once we came to our senses. Eggs are sentimental. So too with rabbits, unless you are planning for an Adam & Eve long term event.

    What we really wanted was protein. That is the real goal.

    The cheapest way to get protein is rice and about 7 ounces (half a can) of beans within 8 hours of each other (or in one meal), each day. This allows the rice to then become protein. That is why most of the world lives on that stuff! You can buy red, kidney, black, pinto or other canned beans in any of the Dollar stores for about $0.70 per can. This is better than dry beans because anything in a can is fully cooked and requires no energy to eat it, whereas it takes at least an hour and a half to cook dry beans. You do the fuel costs.

    So here is the kicker. While you are in the Dollar stores, you can purchase a one pound canned ham (Bristle brand I believe) for $3.00. That meat is cheaper than raising chickens or rabbits for meat! Plus it too is fully cooked.

    Therefore, for us the chickens and eggs will be for fun. But the protein for our estimated stay is next to the forks and can opener, after a lot of trial and error. This looked better than running out into the night half asleep and dying to protect the chicken coop. Cans are quiet.

    See: Sam’s Club / Costco Type Food For Members.

    See Also: Rice Insurance
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    Guinea pigs.
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    If you live within sight of neighbors it still isn't worth it.

    To feed a critter one must venture outside to empty waste and fetch something for them to eat. Stored food lasts only about 3 months.

    If you are seen you will appear to others as wearing a flashing neon sign that says, "We have food, come kill us for it."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Annie View Post
    Why? Too messy?
    The list is long on reasons why not here is just one -
    Can you get sick from chickens in the house?
    Backyard chickens and other poultry (ducks, turkeys) can carry germs like Salmonella. After you touch a bird, or anything in the area where birds live and roam, wash your hands so you don't get sick! ... However, people have gotten sick with Salmonella from handling poultry or items in the area where they live and roam.Mar 18, 2019
    https://www.cdc.gov/features/salmone...try/index.html
    Here is another for good measure-
    Can chickens cause illness in humans?
    Intestinal bacteria from poultry can infect humans and cause urinary tract infections. A new study looks into disease transmission from animals to humans in a world of increasing antibiotic resistance. The intestinal bacterium Enterococcus faecalis can transmit from chickens to humans, causing urinary tract infections.Mar 5, 2012 Chickens cause serious infections in humans | ScienceNordic
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    chicken are a great food source - but - you shouldn't & really can't co-habituate directly with them - and thinking you can keep them secret is a joke ....
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    "Clandestine Chickens."

    Sounds like the name of a millennials' hard rock band...
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    A friend of mine once told me a story about someone she knew who kept the pig in her basement. This person had a trapdoor in their kitchen and would toss the scraps down cellar to the pig.

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