Start your own chicken co-op

Last year we joined with several other local families doing experiments in building resilience to order chicks and chicken feed in bulk.

Despite ordering very high-end all organic feed, when ordered in bulk we’re paying less than what our local feed store sells non-organic mass market feed. While I am a rabid fan of Go Local, this is one instance where I think it is alright to bypass the local option in order to bring greater resilience to our small town.

We also achieve efficiencies when brooding chicks, sharing equipment and rotating every other season who has the brooding at their place.

All it takes is a few conversations with other backyard chicken folks to get started!