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
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
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.
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!