Pigs and Chickens In The Philippines: The End

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Our friend Molong and his friend, disassembling our chicken coop.

We tried raising pigs and chickens in the backyard. In the end, it was more trouble than it was worth.

Pigs And Chickens: It’s All Too Much

Pigs and chickens. This is a pig poking his head over the sty wall, to say hello.

‘Sup?

We had a good plan: buy piglets and chicks, raise them until they’re old enough to slaughter, and turn a profit when they’re sold.

The plan seemed to work well for the first batch of pigs and chickens. We sold whole pigs and meat and whole chickens. People liked the size and flavor of our animals.

But one big problem we had was not realizing what the market would bear. Let me explain that.

Mercedes Benz In Toyota Land

We were feeding and caring for our animals “by the book”. They were fat and happy, tasty and clean. But we were selling them at the market price. Other sellers weren’t putting the same money and effort into raising their animals as we were. Yet they were getting the same price for their animals. 

We were selling luxury Mercedes Benz cars for the same price others were selling Toyotas.

There’s nothing wrong with Toyotas. It’s just that if a Toyota is all that people can afford – or are willing to pay for – then they simply won’t (or can’t) buy a Mercedes.

Exit Pigs And Eaters, Enter Breeders

After a couple of batches of pigs and fryer chickens (“eaters”), we decided to stop and just raise layer chickens for their eggs (“breeders”).

We had nesting boxes already built into the coop and got our first batch of layer chicks.

The same problem developed, though. We had big, fat, happy chickens that laid almost enough tasty eggs for us to not have to purchase any. But raising the chickens the right way made the eggs more expensive than the ones we could buy.

Plan “C”

We slaughtered some of the chickens and gave others away. We called our friend Molong to come and take down the chicken coop. We moved on to Plan C.

The new plan is to do some gardening in the spot that the chicken coop stood. Raising veggies for the household won’t be nearly as expensive as raising animals for others.

In a later post, I’ll show you all what the garden looks like. Goodbye, pigs and chickens! Hello, Baguio beans and eggplants!

 

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2 Responses to Pigs and Chickens In The Philippines: The End

  1. Queenie O. August 1, 2017 at 1:47 PM #

    Hi JD,
    I see what you mean about spending extra energy, money and effort to raise nice healthy chickens and pigs, but not being able to get a better price for them.

    My Filipino husband and I thought about having some “free range” chickens/pets around the yard and feeding them malunggay and other good stuff for our own consumption, but our nephew said that they would go around and pull up plants and grasses, so that wouldn’t work. Also we have some pretty big monitor lizards that live in small rocky caves in the yard, and they would eat the chickens for sure. Flies can be a pesky problem too.

    I’m just grateful to be able to buy Magnolia brand free range chickens in the supermarket, and we buy eggs for ourselves locally.

    That chicken manure will make a great start for your garden bed.:)

  2. JD August 2, 2017 at 1:14 PM #

    Oh, the flies! They were the worst part of raising penned animals! Our sty had a septic tank and we hosed the waste into that so it wasn’t bad but the chickens were awful! We finally had to cover the whole coop with mosquito netting to get relief.

    We’ve just got two piglets back from the fellow who agreed to take our last sow and breed her. They’re in our yard now. It’s going to be interesting around here.